Ahiflower oil

Ahiflower, a new rival to fish oil?

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A plant based omega 3, 6 and 9 oil with high stearidonic acid (SDA) levels.

I heard about this plant-based oil a few years back and recently went back to the internet to see what the latest news was and I was pleasantly surprised to see that I could purchase the ahi-flower oil now.

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I’m pretty excited because I could never handle the taste of fish oils and Ahiflower oil doesn’t taste like fish oil apparently.  It delivers you all your essential fatty acid needs such as omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids, essential for your health, vitality, and wellness. It also contains beneficial Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA), which is not found in flax, chia or fish oil.  These fatty acids have been shown to improve cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol levels, eliminating plaque, and lowering blood pressure.

Ahi Flower is like flax, perilla and sacha inchi on steroids (so to speak). SDA (omega 3 fatty acid) found in Ahiflower converts to EPA in circulating cells up to 4x more efficiently than flaxseed oil and also has higher pro-EPA (brain health) value than flax, chia or hemp oils. However, it does not contain EPA or DHA. If you’re concerned about Ahiflower not containing EPA or DHA and you’d like to take DHA than your alternative would be taking Alga oil to get your DHA.

Ahiflower manufacturers are able to incorporate a sustainable, non-genetically modified, vegan source of omega-3 fatty acids into their products. Crop production methods are following TCI’s proprietary Crop Assured 365® identity preservation and quality assurance system.

GRAS means that it is (generally recognized as safe) by the FDA, by adding a chemical or substance is considered safe by the experts.

Hank Schultz, who writes for Nutraingredients.com stated that Greg Cumberford, from Natures Crops International, predicts a big market for ahi flower. Greg says “ it’s versatile, as unlike fish oil it has a neutral taste and smell. It’s going to be added to functional foods, like salad dressing or omega boosts for smoothies as well as being used as a supplement”.

And Cambridge University press states – Consumption of Buglossoides arvensis (Ahiflower oil) seed oil is safe and increases tissue long-chain n-3 fatty acid content more than flax seed oil – results of a phase I randomized clinical trial.

I went to amazon to see if I could find it there and there it was for sale by Ahi-flower.com.  There were about 3 other sites as well, that carry Ahiflower oil. If you do purchase this oil, remember to keep it refrigerated to prevent oxidative flavor changes.

 

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