Why Camelina Oil is the most complete Omega Oil

What is Camelina?

Camelina sativa is a flowering plant in the Brassicaceae (Mustard) family commonly known as False Flax or Gold of Pleasure. Camelina is a crop native to Finland, Romania and regions east of the Ural Mountains of western Russia. Seeds and capsules of the crop have been found in archaeological excavations from the Bronze Age in Scandinavia. The crop has been an important oil crop for centuries with references to its cultivation in Germany as far back as 600 BC. Camelina is well renowned for its therapeutic and healing properties due to its high Omega-3 content.

Camelina Omega-3 oil is derived by pressing the camelina seed. The oil from the camelina seed contains the full spectrum of plant-based omega fatty acids, including highly concentrated alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), wrapped up in a uniquely balanced 2:1:2 omega-3,-6,-9 fatty acid ratio. These vital features allow it to support healthy metabolism and the proper functioning of your cardiovascular and central nervous systems, as well as aiding in the regulation of inflammation and oxidative stress.

The Omega-3 ALA in camelina has long been known as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer, while also improving brain function due to its complete and uniquely balanced omega profile, which contains more than twice the amount of Omega-3 (~38%), as compared to omega-6 (~18%).   Camelina oil also contains powerful carotenoids and phosphatides which help slow the aging process and prevent DNA damage. Adding all-natural, high omega camelina oil as an everyday health supplement to the human diet has many distinct advantages.

Camelina oil is the new standard for high-omega plant-based fatty acids. Camelina oil is nature’s perfect Omega-3 rich oil… it’s the heart healthy oil you’ve never heard of.

Healthy Camelina Omega-3

The combined evidence from pre-clinical and clinical studies indicates that camelina Omega-3 oil can help you to:

  • boost your immune system
  • support your cardiovascular system
  • lower cholesterol levels
  • maintain proper blood pressure
  • reduce inflammation
  • improve brain function and cognitive health

Camelina has been studied for its health benefits in humans and animals by scientists around the world. Some of the most recent and important scientific discoveries of camelina’s health benefits include:

Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is likely responsible for much of camelina oil’s cholesterol-lowering benefits. According to Iowa State University, 94% of the fatty acids in camelina oil are unsaturated, and 38% is ALA. For comparison’s sake, canola oil’s ALA content is 6.6% and sunflower oil contains no ALA, per Oregon State University.

Karoven, et al. (2002) studied the effects of ALA-rich camelina sativa oil on serum fatty acid and cholesterol on individuals with high cholesterol. This study compared camelina oil to rapeseed and olive oils in a parallel, double-blind setting. After six weeks, subjects in the camelina group showed higher ALA levels 2.5X greater than the rapeseed group, and 4X higher than the olive oil group. More importantly, the study showed that serum LDL (“bad” cholesterol) was decreased significantly by 12.2% in the camelina group, 5.4% in the rapeseed group, and 7.7% in the olive oil group. Camelina oil significantly elevated the proportions of ALA and it’s metabolites and reduced serum cholesterol by 12.2%.

2017 study by the University of Finland published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research found that camelina sativa oil, but not fatty fish or lean fish, improved serum lipid profile in subjects with impaired glucose metabolism, indicating that camelina oil had a positive effect by lowering blood cholesterol levels, but no similar effects were observed for fatty or lean fish. 

Devassy et al. (2016) published in Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental documented the benefits of ALA for reducing neuroinflammation in the improvement and management of Alzheimer’s disease in Advances in Nutrition. Devassy concludes that neuroinflammation plays an important role in the advancement of this disorder, and n–3 (Omega-3) polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), including plant-derived n-3 (Omega-3) ALA oxylipins, are involved in both the reduction in and resolution of inflammation associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Manninen et al. (2018) showed that camelina oil favorably affected the cardiovascular health of men and women with prediabetes in an article in the Journal of Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. This study suggests that fatty fish intake causes a shift toward larger high density lipoprotein (HDL) particles and increases the concentration of HDL (“good cholesterol”), while intake of camelina sativa oil significantly decreases intermediate density lipoprotein (IDL) particle size, leading to a decrease in serum LDL concentrations. These changes may favorably affect cardiovascular risk.

Manninen et al. (2019) in the Journal of Molecular Nutrition & Food Research showed that camelina sativa oil decreases the binding of lipoproteins to aortic proteoglycans by decreasing serum LDL cholesterol concentration, which suggests that the level of LDL lipoproteins in the circulation is the main driver of lipoprotein retention within the arterial wall. Simply put, camelina oil as a lipid-lowering therapy may help prevent heart attacks by reducing the potential for arterial plaque buildup. 

Benefits of Camelina

Immune Support, Cardiovascular & Brain Health
The Omega-3 in camelina oil is in the form of highly concentrated alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA, in a uniquely balanced ratio of 2:1:2 Omega-3, -6, and -9 beneficial fatty acids. Camelina oil has about twice the amount of Omega-3 (38%) as Omega-6 (17%). The combined evidence from pre-clinical and clinical studies indicates that camelina oil can help boost the immune system, support metabolism, and greatly benefit cardiovascular and central nervous system function. Camelina also helps to reduce inflammation and neutralize free radicals.*

Helps to Lower Cholesterol
Camelina oil helps to maintain proper cholesterol levels because it contains abundant phytosterols that block the absorption of cholesterol, which in turn lowers LDL or bad cholesterol. Camelina oil contains abundant polyunsaturated fats that are important for cell health and help to prevent cholesterol buildup and plaque formation.

The Perfect Antioxidant 
Camelina oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, which support the cells’ ability to neutralize free radicals and to combat inflammation. Camelina oil is naturally rich in alpha and gamma tocopherol, two forms of vitamin E, which are necessary for human health and have been shown to have multiple anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. The vitamin E contained in camelina oil makes our products exceptionally resistant to oxidation and account for a shelf life of at least 24 months. 

Superior Fish Oil Alternative
Camelina Sun’s Vegan dietary supplements give the consumer a high Omega-3 alternative to fish oil in supporting the body’s overall health and nutrition. The production of camelina oil does not rely on the over-harvesting of potentially contaminated fish in the oceans. Our camelina oil is free of environmental contaminants and is not subject to rapid oxidation, rancidity, and spoilage, as is the case with fish oil. Best of all, there’s no fishy odor or aftertaste with Camelina Sun’s plant-based Omega-3 oil.

Reasons Why You Should Try Camelina Oil

Recently, camelina oil has gained new attention:
Camelina oil has a desirable 2:1 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acid content. The oil comprises 38% omega-3 fatty acids as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and unlike flaxseed, which has a similarly high ALA content. 

1. High in Omega-3 Oil
The typical American diet tends to contain 14 to 25 times more omega-6 oils than omega-3 oils. This is a problem because over-consumption of omega-6 oils has been linked to inflammation, cancer and heart disease.
It’s recommended to eat a healthier balance of oils with more omega-3s and less omega-6s. Camelina oil has twice as much omega-3 oils as omega-6 oils, which is a much healthier ratio than oils like olive, canola or sunflower seed that have higher amounts of omega-6.
Camelina oil is high in ALA (alpha-linolenic acid).
ALA has been shown to have a protective effect on heart health, regulate inflammation and improve central nervous system function.

2. Contains Vitamin E
Camelina oil is also rich in alpha and gamma tocopherol, two forms of vitamin E.
The antioxidant effects of vitamin E are also important for our health. Vitamin E helps to prevent free radical damage, which in turn can prevent heart disease, arthritis and cancer.
Vitamin E has also been linked to enhanced immune function, prevention of eye problems and easing menstrual symptoms.

3. Helps Control Cholesterol
Camelina oil is abundant in sterols, which are shown to interfere with cholesterol absorption. In one study, it was shown that adding camelina oil to the participants’ diet reduced blood cholesterol levels. Camelina was twice as effective when compared to olive or canola oil.
Also, most of the fats in camelina oil are polyunsaturated. These types of fats are needed for healthy cell function in your body. Whereas, camelina is very low in saturated fats that can lead to increased blood cholesterol and heart disease.
4. Heart Health
Camelina oil lowers blood triglyceride levels. This is good for cardiovascular health as it reduces the risk of heart diseases.

5. Arthritis
Camelina oil can be applied topically to reduce inflammation in arthritis. When taken internally, it provides large amounts of omega 3 fatty acids. Regular intake of omega- reduces overall inflammation. One can experience a reduction in pain, inflammation and swelling over the joint. It also boosts mobility in the joint. Camelina oil can be used as carrier oil. It goes well with rosemary essential oil and this combination can be massaged on the inflamed joint.

6. Good for the Brain, Eyes and Nerves
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like alpha linoleic acid, EPA and DHA are helpful in keeping the brain, eyes and nerves healthy. As a result, camelina oil may protect against cognitive diseases, like Dementia, Alzheimer’s, eye diseases like macular degeneration and nervous damage due to inflammation.

7. Preventing inflammation
If you suffer from chronic pain or from an injury, camelina oil can be taken internally as well as used on the skin to work as an anti-inflammatory. This can also work on arthritis pain, something omega-3s are great for!

8. Helping immunity
Camelina oil’s antioxidant content makes it perfect for helping out your immune system.

9. Preventing general aging
Omega 3s and antioxidants are perfect to combat aging in any form, not just the skin. Keeping your brain healthy with essential fatty acids such as omega 3s is so important. This could decrease your risk for getting Alzheimers or dementia in addition to cognitive decline.

10. Benefits Skin
Camelina oil is shown to act as a good skin moisturizer
The vitamin E and omega oils help to improve skin tone and prevent free radical 

 11. Good for Hair
Camelina oil can be used just like olive oil for a hot oil scalp massage. This provides nutrition to the scalp and gets rid of dry skin, dandruff and flakiness. It helps to keep the hair looking soft and moisturized. Its antioxidants protect the hair shafts from free radical damage.

 12. As a Cooking oil
There is growing interest in camelina oil as cooking oil, especially for deep frying. It has the highest smoke point of 475 ° F which is much higher than olive, coconut, canola, grape seed and most other cooking oils. That is why one can use it for stir frying, deep frying and sauteing. Camelina oil has a nutty flavor, which makes it excellent for fried food and other delicacies. Camelina oil is a popular ingredient in paleo recipes..