Flaxseed has many uses: such as food, medicine and fiber. Flaxseed is a rich source of omega-6 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid, phytoestrogens (known as lignans), and omega-3 faatty acids. It is a good source of magnesium, potassium, manganese, and dietary fiber. It contains twice as much omega-3 as fish oil. Omega-3 has been known to reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis.
Flaxseed can help lower cholesterol, reduce arterial plaque formation, reduce breast cancer, relieve constipation and reduce digestive distress and reduce the discomfort of menopause. It is anti-flammatory and can therefore help lower cholesterol. Flaxseed can also aid in weight loss. One tablespoon of flaxseed with every meal can ensure you feel full with less calories.