Flaxseed oil is made from ground and pressed flax seeds. It is known for its many health benefits, including lowering inflammation, preventing heart disease, and reducing cancer risk.
There article discusses the evidence for these and other possible health benefits, along with side effects to be aware of and precautions to take when adding flaxseed oil to your diet.
What Is Flaxseed Oil Used For?
Flaxseed oil contains many active and helpful compounds,1? including:
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Healthy proteins that may decrease risk factors of heart disease
- Fiber to prevent digestive issues and constipation
- Phenolic compounds (lignans), which may prevent cancer
- Minerals, including calcium and magnesium
Here are some of the potential health benefits of flaxseed oil and evidence to back up these claims.