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Flaxseed Oil

How does flax seed work?

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  • AToby Smithson, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    Omega-3 fatty acids can help lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as reduce the risk for a heart attack in people with diabetes.

    One of the types of Omega 3s is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is produced by leafy green vegetables and can be converted into EPA and DHA by the body. A rich source of ALA is flaxseed, flaxseed oil, canola oil, walnuts, and walnut oil. Flaxseed contains three beneficial elements which include Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and phytochemical lignans (plant chemicals that are helpful in the prevention of chronic diseases). Flaxseed is a great option for those who do not like fish, or are looking for alternative food choices to lower their risk for heart disease.

  • ADiscovery Health answered

    Flax seed contains a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids, and more of one in particular alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) than any other food source. ALA is a crucial part of our metabolism, helping regulate our heart rates, blood pressure and the dilation of our blood vessels. Omega-3 molecules in general have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body, which can make them useful in slowing and preventing disease.

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