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Ahiflower | What Is It & How Can It Help Your Workout

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Fish oils are great for delivering fatty acids omega 3 and 6, which are essential for you all-round health. However, if you’re on a vegetarian or vegan diet it can be hard to get these fatty acids in your diet. Add to this the fact that many fish products aren’t sustainable as they come from depleting stocks, and you can start to see why an alternative source could be important.

Step forward Ahiflower Seed Oil.

 

What is Ahiflower?

The Ahiflower is a small annual or biannual herd that’s similar to borage. Discovered as a wild plant in scrubland, it’s now being grown on a commercial scale for the nutrient-rich oil found in Ahiflower seeds.

The seeds are pressed to create a nutritional supplement with a subtle nutty taste. While most Ahiflowers are grown in the UK, they have recently expanded into the US, Canada and the Southern Hemisphere.

What’s more, they’re also good for the planet as they naturally attract bees and butterflies, helping farmers maintain sustainable crops and biodiversity. It’s a win-win situation!

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Benefits of Ahiflower Oil

Ahiflower oil is full of omega fatty acids that can help keep your joints moving and your brain working. Your body loves omega fatty acids. In fact, they can be found in pretty much every cell in your body.

Research suggests getting the right balance of omega 3 in your diet ca help reduce the risk of cancer[1], as well as helping to prevent common conditions like osteoarthritis.

Supplements containing these oils are a quick and easy way of getting the right levels of omega 3, 6 and 9 into your diet. And if you’re vegetarian of vegan, they’re pretty much essential. Walnuts can provide a small dose of omega 3, but when compared to oily fish it’s pretty small.

As well as being one of the healthiest and most sustainable oils you can find, Ahiflower is also one of the most effective oils for exercise. Many experts believe it’s better than flax seed oil, which until recently has been the widely accepted alternative to fish oils. In fact, some clinical trials have found Ahiflower oil to be 300-400% more effect than flax seed oil [2].

Omega 3, 6 and 9 are important for everyone as they keep your body in good health – but they are especially important for gym goers due to their huge benefits for joint mobility.

What’s more, omega 9 is believed to help reduce cholesterol, lower insulin resistance and blood sugar levels in diabetics, as well as improving overall immune health.

 

The Science of Ahiflower Oil

One of the most important fatty acids found in fish oils is EPA – also know as Eicosapentaenoic Acid. This is important as it helps reduce inflammation and has been linked to heart health.

Ahiflower contains four main oils – SDA, ALA, OA and GLA – the first of which is converted to EPA when eaten. And while other plant-based oils are similar, such as flax seed oil, Ahiflower is the fastest and most efficent when it comes to converting SDA into the all important EPA.

This is because most other oils only contain ALA, which needs to be converted to SDA before it can become EPA. With Ahiflower you skip this first step, meaning SDA is metabolized more efficiently, resulting in higher levels of EPA in the body.

The GLA found in Ahiflower oil is also important due to its anti-inflammatory properties. This means it can help relieve conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis – great if you want to feel 100% when you hit the gym.

Ahiflower oil also has a great omega 3 to omega 6 ratio, making it a key part of a balanced diet. Many foods are full of omega 6 and saturdated fats, but are lacking in omega 3 fatty acids. This is especially true of vegetarian and vegan diets. Ahiflower oil helps offset this imbalance by delivering a 4:1 omega 3 to omega 6 ratio.

On top of this, Ahiflower oil is herb-based. This means it’s more sustainable than oil which is extracted from fish stock, which is in limited supply.

 

Ahiflower Dosage & Side Effects

Our Ahiflower oil comes in soft-gel capsules, with a recommended intake of three capsules per day taken with a glass of water.

Like all our products, Ahiflower oil comes from the highest-quality sources. Plus, it has a subtle nutty flavor that’s not as divisive as fish oils, which have a much stronger taste.

There are no know side effects to taking Ahiflower supplements. Although, as with all omega 3 supplements, if you’re on blood-thinning medication or have a condition that affects bleeding, speak to your doctor about how much you should take.

 

While Ahiflower oil can support balanced nutrition and fill in the nutritional gaps in your diet, it’s still important to make sure you eat a sensible, balanced diet that includes a range of lean meats, fish, vegetables and grains to keep you healthy and energized for your gym workouts.

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Victoria Catterall-Decalmer

Victoria Catterall-Decalmer

Editor

Victoria is our US editor and has a master’s degree in English Literature. She loves doing unconventional workouts like pole fit, which she's done for the past four years. She's also a passionate foodie, so in her spare time, you'll find her trying out the newest restaurants in her home town.


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