Buyer’s Guide: Plant-Based Nutritional Oils

Oil Type Component What it’s good for
Black Currant Seed
Borage
Evening Primrose
Flax Seed

 

GLA (Gamma-Linolenic Acid), Omega-6 Ideal for healthy skin, joints and fat metabolism

  • Nourishes hair and skin
  • Supports healthy joints
  • Maintains optimal body-fat metabolism
  • Supports a positive mood
Sea Buckthorn Omega-7 Sea buckthorn berries are an ideal source of palmitoleic acid, an omega-7 fatty acid, along with high levels of vitamins A, C and E, beta carotene and other antioxidants. Over the centuries many populations have used sea buckthorn for a variety of medicinal purposes. Sea buckthorn oil can be taken internally to help hydrate skin and mucous membranes, or applied topically to nourish dry skin.

Coconut

Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) As opposed to the Long Chain Triglycerides (LCTs) that make up 98% of our dietary fat, MCTs have shorter carbon chains that make them easy to digest. Where as LCTs pass slowly through the digestive tract and end up mostly in fat stores as conserved energy, MCTs are metabolized by the liver—bypassing the lymphatic system and making them available for quick energy. That means they’re great for endurance athletes or anyone looking for a quick energy boost. They’ve also been shown to improve heart health, brain health and immunity. (Learn more about the benefits of MCTs). Coconut oil has a high concentration of MCTs, and can be used as a healthy replacement for other fats used in cooking.