The Flaxseed oil is rich in essential Omega-3 fatty acids (such as alpha-Linolenic acid) and omega-6, which is an essential nutrient for body and reduces blood lipids, arteriosclerosis and the risk of cardiovascular disease. Also, Flaxseed oil is a great plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids for those who avoid fish in their diet. Studies have shown that Omega-3 in this plant reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by inhibiting vascular inflammation and endothelial activity. The consumption of Flaxseed oil reduces blood lipids, and this mechanism also helps to protect the heart. Flaxseed is the richest source of Lignans(SDG), which has an antioxidant effect. In a clinical study among 56 patients, daily consumption of 6 grams of Flaxseed oil during the 3 months, resulted in a significant decrease in Cholesterol, Triglyceride, and LDL.
Flaxseed has been known as one of the best ways to relieve constipation for centuries. The whole seeds contain anywhere from 6 to 12 percent mucilage. Mucilage is a slimy, gum-like compound that provides a temporarily soothing and protective coating along the entire digestive tract. The high content of Flaxseed mucilage protects mucous membranes because of its softening effects and the effects of overlays. Fibers in flaxseed due to the absorption of liquids, increase stool volume and subsequently stimulate the tensile receptors present in the intestinal wall and also increase the intestinal mucous membranes and thereby effect its melanin effect. Flaxseeds (also known as linseeds) are mainly known for their laxative effect on the bowels. Being full of soluble fibre, they help to create bulk in the stool and keep bowel movements regular, thereby preventing any build-up or constipation.