The flax plant provides the fiber from which linen is woven, as well as seeds and oil. Flax Seed Oil can be found in an edible form, mostly at health-food stores. Like olive, canola, and most other plant oils, it is highly unsaturated and heart-healthy. And flaxseeds have yet another very interesting component, lingam, which may have anti-cancer properties.
Studies have shown that the health benefits of flaxseed oil are many. It controls high blood pressure, helps to lower cholesterol and guards against heart disease. Flaxseed oil also protects against angina and could prevent a second heart attack.
Also, flax seed oil has some estrogen-like effects and also possible anti-estrogenic effects, both of which have been studied for possible protection against certain types of breast and prostate cancers. However study results were inconclusive.
Flax seed oil promotes good health. Flaxseed and flaxseed oil are rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential fatty acid that appears to be beneficial for heart disease. ALA belongs to a group of substances called omega-3 fatty acids. When used to treat lupus, flaxseed oil not only reduces inflammation in the joints, kidneys and skin, but also lowers cholesterol levels that may be elevated by the disease.
If you are considering adding flax seed oil to your diet, ask your doctor first.