Flaxseed (Linseed), the seed of the flax plant, contains plenty of fiber, Omega-3 fatty acid and a compound lignin.
Flaxseed oil extract, which is available even as capsules today, is beneficial in decreasing mild symptoms associated with menopause, and is a cure for Arthritis, and is also beneficial for those suffering from Cardiovascular diseases.
It has also been found that an essential fatty acid, ALA (Alpha-linolenic acid), present in flaxseed oil, reduces cholesterol, and has lipid-lowering properties.
Though, no side effects of this oil have been reported, it is inadvisable for those suffering from blood disorders, as there is a risk of increased bleeding. Also pregnant women are advised against using flaxseed oil. Physicians also warn against use of flaxseed oil for those who are under blood-thinning and anti-coagulant medications.