Health Benefits

The benefits of Second Nature Happy Heart Oils

We gently squeeze the oil out of the seed by using a cold press, which in it’s self is a benefit nutritionally. Normally, high temperature mechanical pressing and chemical solvents, such as Hexane solvents are used to extract many culinary oils on supermarket shelves, this yields more oil and therefore more profit but in fact, destroy much of the health value within the oil. Also, traces of the Hexane solvents (and the use of other chemicals of questionable safety) remain in the oil, even after considerable refining. We only press the seed once to give the best oil – hence the term ‘Extra Virgin’. Because the oil is pressed weekly and therefore fresh, it retains an even higher percentage of Omega 3, 6 and Vitamin E. Some varieties of rapeseed contain Erucic acid which is not good for human consumption. The variety grown for Second Nature is 100% free from Erucic Acid and genetic modification.

Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are from the polyunsaturated family. Omega 3 and omega 6 are essential fatty acids.  Our bodies cannot manufacture them so we must consume them in our diets. Omega 3 helps normalise lipid levels, lower blood pressure and improve glucose metabolism. Rheumatoid arthritis, depression, autism and many other conditions can be improved by increasing your omega 3 intake.

It is especially benificial in the development of nervous tissue and in helping to form the building blocks for brain and eye tissue. Omega 6 fatty acids produce an inflammatory response and can help a healthy immune system. Nutritionists advise 2:1 Omega 3 to 6 ratio in the diet. Cold pressed extra virgin rapeseed oil has this perfect ratio.

Government recommendations advise consumers to limit their intake of saturated fats as they can increase blood cholesterol levels which, according to our government, is one of the major factors in heart disease. Cold pressed rapeseed oil has a content of 6% saturated fat compared to 14% in olive oil which would mean that rapeseed oil is a healthier oil for your heart, making it an excellent choice for anyone trying to reduce their cholesterol levels and follow a healthier lifestyle

Rapeseed oil contains 59% monounsaturated fat and 30% polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 & 6). It also contains vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps the body to fight against the negative effects of free radicals, heart disease, cancer and aging as well as being beneficial in nourishing the skin. And the fresher the oil, the higher the vitamin E content. We cold press our oil weekly, offering you the freshest organic oil available in Ireland!

Monounsaturated fats and Omega 3, 6 and 9 are all known to help lower cholesterol.  Organic cold pressed extra virgin rapeseed oil has a higher content of these cholesterol reducing fatty acids compared with olive oil and sunflower oil.

This is why in our family we call it the ‘Happy Heart Oil’!