More about Flax Seed Oil Flax seed oil, also referred to as linseed oil, is pressed from the seeds of the Linum usitatissimum plant which is a member of the genus Linum. Interestingly the word ‘usitatissimum’ is Latin for ‘of greatest use’. Used as an omega three supplement for those with fish allergies and by vegetarians or vegans, flax seed oil provides more Omega 3 (ALA) than ground flax seeds. It is also noted as a performance enhancer by athletes and body builders because of its vitamin B6 and amino acid content.
With high levels of Omega 3 (ALA), flax seed oil helps to prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, improve memory function, assist with mental illness, promote healthy skin and hair and reduce inflammation.
Flax seed is one of the richest sources of lignans, an anti-oxidant that is both anti-bacterial and anti-viral, it maintains hormone balance and cellular health. Flax may also be beneficial for menopausal women and assist with regulating menstruation.
With ample levels of magnesium, flax seed helps to regulate calcium and potassium levels in the body as well as assist with heart health, increased energy, calming nerves and aiding in digestion. Magnesium can also prevent the onset of osteoporosis and heart attacks.