Linseed oil, also known as flaxseed oil or flax oil, is a colourless to yellowish oil obtained from the dried, ripened seeds of the flax plant. The oil is obtained by pressing, sometimes followed by solvent extraction.
Flaxseed oil special traits
Flaxseed oil comes from flaxseed. It is a good source of an essential omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).
The alpha-linolenic acid and other chemicals in flaxseed oil seem to decrease swelling, which is why some people use it for inflammation, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Flaxseed oil is used for heart disease, high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol or other fats (lipids) in the blood (hyperlipidemia), and many other conditions. Still, there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Benefits of Flaxseed oil
- Heart disease. Some studies suggest that alpha-linolenic acid, found in flaxseed and flaxseed oil, might benefit people with heart disease. Early research also suggests that flaxseed might help lower high blood pressure, which plays a role in heart disease.
- Cholesterol levels. Several studies show that taking flaxseed daily can reduce total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol levels. However, other studies aren’t as favourable.
- Diabetes. Taking flaxseed might lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. However, the same results haven’t been found for flaxseed oil.
- Menopausal symptoms. Results have been mixed when it comes to using of flaxseed and the treatment of menopausal symptoms.