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Flaxseed oil (Linum Usitatissimum) is indicated in Hyperlipidemia, Constipation


Flaxseed is the seed from the plant Linum usitatissimum. Oil from the seed is used to make medicine. People try faxseed oil for many diferent conditions especially, high cholesterol, heart disease & constipation. Flaxseed oil is also applied to the skin to sooth irritations or soften roughness and used as dietary supplements.


Flaxseed Oil contains Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) which contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels. By Increasing HDL level Flaxseed Oil helps to reduce hyperlipidemia. So if we use Flaxseed oil with other Lipid lowering agent it will be very much helpful for patient with hyperlipidemia. Moreover ALA helps to reduce infammation.

Flaxseed Oil reduces cholesterol levels by increasing prostaglandins E1 & E3 (PGE1 & PGE3), which inhibit cholesterol synthesis & stimulate cholesterol movement across cell membranes. Also reduces platelet aggregation by increasing levels of PGE1 and PGE3. Flaxseed oil stimulates bowels, binds to water, mucilage swells and stool volume increases. Facilitates passage of feces through bowel through lubrication by oil.

Dosage & Administration

One softgel capsule two to three times daily, with a meal. For easier swallowing, take with water before and during ingestion


Flaxseed Oil should be used with caution when combined with: Blood thinning medication (i.e. Warfarin, Coumadin)

Side Effects

Adverse effects are rare at recommended dosages. Overdose may cause loose stool and abdominal pain

Pregnancy & Lactation

Flaxseed oil is possibly unsafe when taken by mouth during pregnancy. Some research suggests that faxseed oil might increase the chance of premature birth when taken during the second or third trimesters of pregnancy.

Use in Special Populations

Use in children: Flaxseed is possibly safe for children in short-term.

Therapeutic Class

Herbal and Nutraceuticals, Prostaglandin analogues

Storage Conditions

Store below 30°C. Protect from light & moisture. Keep out of reach of the children.