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What are flaxseed oil supplements?

Flaxseed oil supplements are made from the seeds of the flax plant and are available as capsules or in liquid form. Flaxseed oil contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid that is thought to reduce inflammation in the body. Studies suggest ALA may help reduce swelling of joints in arthritis and reduce the risk of dying from heart disease.

Other preliminary research indicates that flaxseed oil might help treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dry eyes and high blood pressure, and help prevent the spread and growth of breast and prostate cancers. More research is needed to confirm the benefits of flaxseed oil for any of these conditions.

Talk to your doctor for more information about flaxseed oil supplements.

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