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Anti-Inflammatory Superfood Oils for Arthritis

Chia Seed oil

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints causing joint pain, stiffness and swelling. The two most common types of Arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is due to the normal wear and tear caused by infection or injury to joints. This is commonly seen in adults over the age of 65 but can also develop in children. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the tissues of the body affecting the soft tissue in joints.

Anti-Inflammatory Superfood Oils

There is no long-term medical cure for Arthritis. However, making lifestyle changes especially in terms of your diet is known to be effective to help prevent or manage arthritis. Foods to minimize include fried foods and processed foods. Instead having a diet rich in antioxidants and Omega fatty acids is beneficial to fight inflammation since the main aim is to reduce the amount of pain and prevent additional damage to joints.

Nature’s Superfoods’ Cold-Pressed Chia Seed Oil is a great nutritional supplement for Arthritis due to the exceptionally high amount of omega-3 fats. It has an ideal balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids (ratio of 3 to 1) and is also a rich source of antioxidants like kaempferol, quercetin, caffeic acid. Another option would be Nature’s Superfoods’ Organic Cold-Pressed Sacha Inchi Seed Oil, with its high content of Omega 3 (45-53%) and Omega 6 (34-39%) fats and ideal balance between Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids (ratio of 1.4 to 1). Moreover, it also contains Omega 9 fats and is rich in antioxidant properties due to the high concentration of Vitamin E specifically gamma and delta tocopherols.

Even though Chia Seed Oil and Sacha Inchi Seed Oil are similar to Flax Seed Oil in terms of the omega 3 content, these oils are known to maintain its freshness and stability for a longer time due to the high amounts of antioxidants and tocopherols. Hence, these Omega-rich oils keep well in the refrigerator for a long time, without going rancid. 

Check out the comparison of nutrient density and stability of below 3 cold-pressed Superfood Oils , and you can understand why Chia Seed Oil is the obvious winner – with up to 60% Omega 3, antioxidants and a very long stable shelf life!

Sacha Inchi Oil vs Chia Seed Oil vs Flaxseed Oil

 Sacha Inchi OilChia Seed OilFlax Seed Oil
Omega /Health BenefitRich in Omega fatty acids / Anti-Inflammatory
TasteMild, slightly nutty
Omega 3 (ALA) contentUp to 50%Up to 60%Up to 60%
Antioxidant PropertiesRich in gamma and delta tocopherols (Vitamin E)Rich in chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, flavanol glycosidesRich in lignans – a type of phytoestrogen. Concerns arise with over-consumption.
Vitamin and Mineral ContentEspecially high in Vitamin E and contains Vitamin A carotenoidsEspecially high in calcium, also rich in zinc, copper, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium and potassiumRich in B6 vitamins, iron, copper and manganese
Shelf LifeStable, will not oxidize easily due to its high amounts of tocopherols.Stable, will not oxidize easily due to its high amounts of antioxidants.Not stable, goes rancid easily.

How to consume Superfood Oils

Superfood oils can be consumed directly as a supplement. Our suggested intake to get enough of the Omega-3 benefits is either 1 teaspoon of Chia Seed Oil or 1 tablespoon of Sacha Inchi Seed Oil daily. These Superfood Oils can also be added to your favorite salads, roasted vegetables, or even used as a side sauce or dip. We have an amazing Chia Seed Oil Salad Dressing recipe incorporating Organic Chia Seed Oil and some anti-inflammatory spices. Get the recipe here:

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