Flaxseed oil is the richest vegetarian source of Omega 3 fatty acids. These are essential fatty acids because the body requires them for proper functioning and cannot synthesize from other fats or Trans fats. So they are to be ingested with food. Flax is an yellow flowering plant that is grown for its oil rich seeds.
Active ingredients of Flaxseed oil are capable of lowering cholesterol level and reducing platelet aggregation. Omega 3 fatty acids when sufficiently available, can favorably modulate the cell membrane characteristics to reduce or inhibit silent inflammatory responses that play major roles in coronary artery diseases, platelet aggregation, arthritis and other inflammatory disorders. Omega 3 fatty acids are of wider significance as dietary supplement of essential fatty acids for pregnant women, nursing mothers, infants, children, arthritic patients, cardiac patients etc.
The extract also contains vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. The protein in flax seeds is easily digested and contains all the amino acids needed for building a strong body. They also contain a special fiber called mucilage which removes toxic metabolic waste material from the colon and dried mucus. Mucilage helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, and is a natural laxative. Flax fiber promotes friendly bacteria in the intestine, which keeps disease-causing organisms in check. Lignans of flax seed have antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal properties and also is an antioxidant.
The extract of the seed increases metabolic rate thus making it easier to burn off fats, a real boon to the obese people to reduce weight and in general boosts energy and stamina considerably. Mineral absorption is better with the extract especially that of calcium.
Other benefits from the extract includes optimum development of brain, strengthening of nails, and improvement of eyesight and perception of colors. It may improve the function of the liver and can relieve some cases of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in females.
Flax seed extract takes a bit of time to be absorbed into the body before the full beneficial effects begin, it may range anywhere between a few days to as many as six weeks.