Flaxseed oil is the richest vegetarian source of the essential Omega 3 fatty acids that the body requires for proper functioning. However the body cannot synthesize it from other fats or trans-fats and needs to be consumed as part of the diet. 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.
Flax is a yellow flowering plant that is grown for its oil rich seeds. Flaxseed oil contains active ingredients that are capable of lowering cholesterol level and reducing platelet aggregation. Flax seed extract also contains vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. Flax seed extract requires anywhere between a few days to as many as six weeks to be absorbed into the body before the full beneficial effects begin.
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.