Omega-3 Rich Ahiflower Oil May Help Combat Inflammation
A recent study suggests that taking a daily supplement of Ahiflower oil from Buglossoides arvensis may increase cytokine IL-10 production. Cytokine IL-10 helps combat inflammation. Chronic inflammation is associated with a range of diseases and health problems.
Participants in the study included 88 healthy people who took part in one of the following interventions for 28 days:
- 100% high oleic sunflower oil;
- 30% Ahiflower oil and 70% high oleic sunflower oil;
- 60% Ahiflower oil and 3.89 mL high oleic sunflower oil;
- 100% Ahiflower oil.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted increases in blood levels of EPA, ETA, DPA, and ALA poly-unsaturated fatty-acids in the Ahiflower groups when compared with the sunflower-only group. No change in DHA was seen. They also noticed a 45% increase in cytokine IL-10 production in the Ahiflower group, when compared with the control.
Researchers from Université de Moncton in Canada conducted the study. It was published on March 10, 2017, in Nutrients.
Ahiflower is a vegan alternative to fish oil for people who are looking to increase their omega-3 intake. Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including improved mood, improved joint mobility, reducing the risk of age related macular degeneration, and aiding your immune system.
Because omega-3 fatty-acids are not found naturally in the human body, it is especially important to make sure that they are a part of your daily diet. Oily, dark fish such as tuna and salmon are high in omega-3s. For people who don’t like fish, Ahiflower is a great alternative. You should also consider taking a daily high quality non-fish supplement that has been tested for purity and potency.