Flaxseed oil capsules contain the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid. According to Vita Medica, the typical American diet is lacking in this nutrient. The few sources of ALA include flaxseed oil, walnuts and vegetable oils. Linseed oil can be beneficial to dry skin and some skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema. It may also be useful in other medical conditions, although further studies may be required to confirm the results
The most beneficial aspect of flaxseed oil capsules may be to reduce the risk of heart disease. According to University of Maryland Medical Center, a fatal heart attack is less likely if your diet is rich in ALA. Flaxseed oil has a positive effect on platelets, blood vessels, heart and inflammation. If you have already had a heart attack, flaxseed oil can promote subsequent heart health.
Flaxseed oil capsules can lower blood cholesterol levels. According to the Mayo Clinic, some studies have shown that both total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein levels decreased with the use of flaxseed and flaxseed oil. People on the Mediterranean diet, which includes a balance of omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, usually has good cholesterol, according to University of Maryland Medical Center.
While studies are not yet conclusive, early studies show that flaxseed oil capusules can alleviate mild menopausal symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic. E. Conrad Hicks, MD, board certified obstetrician-gynecologist at Northeast OB-GYN in Fort Wayne, Indiana, recommend flaxseed oil as part of a menopausal vitamin regimen in an online article in Women Today Magazine.
ADHD (ADHD) symptoms can be improved by the use of flaxseed oil. Dry eye syndrome, associated with an autoimmune condition called Sjogren’s syndrome, can be improved by taking flax oil capsules orally. Flaxseed oil capsules can also be useful in treating autism, migraine headaches, ulcers, emphysema, lupus and panic attacks.
Safety / Warnings
As with all herbs and supplements, the US Food and Drug Administration does not regulate their safety, purity or potency. You should consult your doctor before taking any herbs or supplements, then they can also communicate with your current medications. It is not recommended that you take flaxseed oil during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. According to the Mayo Clinic, animal studies have shown adverse effects during pregnancy and lactation.