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Walnut oil is the best plant-based source of inflammation-reducing omega-3 fats, with health benefits far surpassing flax or flaxseed oil.
Over twenty years ago when I first began eating organic produce and clean meats, I discovered the wonders of walnut oil. I was introduced to this high omega-3 oil by an Ayurvedic MD. She was coaching me on some very necessary diet and lifestyle changes. The reason? I was living a completely stressed-out corporate life at the time that was taking all the joy out of my life.
Doctors Recommend Walnut Oil for Omega-3
Prior to Dr. Wright’s recommendation to add walnut oil to my diet, I had never before heard of the wonders of omega-3 fatty acids. I certainly had never heard of cod liver oil. My introduction to the work of Dr. Weston A. Price was still quite a few years away.
I was delighted by the slightly nutty clean flavor of walnut oil. So, I enthusiastically started using it on a daily basis for breakfast.
The usual way I would take my walnut oil was drizzled on a bowl of breakfast flakes made with organic amaranth, which is not exactly the best way to start the day. This is because boxed breakfast cereals are so highly processed. However, I was moving in the right direction and any progress at all in my diet at that time proved to be extremely helpful to my health.
Better Choice Than Flax Oil
Flax oil is the usual choice when people seek to add plant-based omega-3 fats to the diet. However, flax oil is known to sometimes exacerbate hormonal issues. This observation from Raine Saunders, of the blog Agriculture Society, touches on the subject:
Something I try to be mindful of are foods which are very high in estrogenic properties. Even natural foods like flax seeds and flax oil, like many other foods (soy, sesame seeds (oil), and various beans), are very high in estrogen and can make certain health issues worse such as fibroids or fibrocystic breast conditions. Even if you have a traditional, balanced diet, even moderate consumption of these foods could be problematic anyway because of all the xeno-estrogens in our environment from plastics and other chemicals, which are increasingly pervasive in the world due to industry use and production of new chemicals.
Some other people also commented on that post about how flax oil caused them hormonal difficulties. Cystic or sore breasts was a common theme. Clearly there are potential dangers to consuming flax in this modern age with all the estrogen-mimicking chemicals literally everywhere.
For this reason, walnut oil seems to be a better choice than flax oil for adding plant-based omega-3 fats to the diet. Plant-based omega-3 oils are never a good substitute for animal forms of omega-3 fats like in cod liver oil. It can, however, be a healthy addition to salad dressings in very small amounts.
How to Use
Like hemp seed oil, rice bran oil, pumpkin oil, argan oil, grapeseed oil, some types of sunflower seed oil, and any other culinary oil high in polyunsaturated omega-6 and/or omega-3 fats, walnut oil is extremely delicate and goes rancid easily. After purchasing, it must be kept in the refrigerator and can never, ever be heated or used as a cooking oil.
One or two teaspoons added to your homemade dressings adds delightful flavor and nutrition to your salads. Remember that even though healthy, omega 3 fats are still polyunsaturated oils and should comprise a very small percentage of the diet, so don’t overdo!
I’ve vetted this brand of unrefined, cold-pressed walnut oil.
Please note that walnuts are slightly goitrogenic the same as flax (although much less so). Hence, if your thyroid is a problem, it may be best to stick entirely with animal-based forms of omega-3 fats.
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I’m sorry I couldn’t understand why flaxseed oil is high in estrogen and walnut oil isn’t?
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Blanca Villanueva Perez via Facebook
Thank u. =)
Jan Posch via Facebook
I felt the effect on my cysts almost immediately and quit the flax seed.
thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook
@Blanca Walnut oil won’t help PCOS But at least it wouldn’t make it worse which is what flax oil would probably do.
Rafael Aspiazu via Facebook
Iodine may be helpul!
Blanca Villanueva Perez via Facebook
I have PCOS (PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome)…will this help?
Heather May Tupps via Facebook
I sell this at the farmers market in California. All organic! This stuff is amazing, it tastes like liquid gold. La nogelera is the brand! You can order online
Clarita Hallares via Facebook
COCONUT OIL in the PH!
Kelly Kindig via Facebook
Really? I’ve never even tried walnut oil. Is this treatment option? Or just better option for eating?