What are some therapeutic and medicinal uses for flaxseed oil?
Flaxseed (flaxseed oil, flaxoil) is a dietary supplement. The flax plant is a good source of essential omega-3 fatty acids. Studies of flaxseed oils efficacy are inconclusive, but believed to provide benefits for arthritis and lupus patients by reducing inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids are a form of polyunsaturated fat that the body derives from food. Omega-3s (and omega-6s) are known as essential fatty acids (EFAs) because they are important for good health. The body cannot make these fatty acids on its own so omega-3s must be obtained from food. Flaxseed acts as a bulk-forming laxative for treating constipation. The seeds, flax meal, or powders absorb water in the stomach and intestine, increasing the bulk and movement of the stool. Flaxseed is available without prescription as a dietary supplement. It is found in many forms including cracked or whole flaxseeds, flax meal, flaxseed oil, or flaxseed powder. Sources: