The Benefits & Side Effects of Flaxseed Oil

Updated November 21, 2016

Many people supplement their diet with flaxseed oil for its health benefits. Flaxseed is high in dietary fibre, while the oil produced from flaxseed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and essential fatty acids.

Inflammatory Diseases

Inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis can be treated with the alpha-linolenic acid found in flaxseed oil. This acid and other related chemicals found in flaxseed oil seem to reduce inflammation, according to the WebMD website.


The high dietary fibre in flaxseed helps to ease constipation and other irritable bowl symptoms. Dietary fibre is known for relieving and preventing constipation. A diet high in dietary fibre will also lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Topical Healing

Essential fatty acids (EFA) promote healing for many skin ailments, such as eczema, acne, psoriasis and rosacea, according to EFA also reduces acne by thinning the oil that clogs your pores. You can rub flaxseed oil, which is naturally rich in essential fatty acids, directly on the skin to clear problem areas, reduce acne and heal sunburned skin.


If you take more than two tablespoons of flaxseed oil per day, you may experience loose stool or diarrhoea. As with any supplement, take flaxseed oil in moderation.

Allergic Reactions

Watch for signs of an allergic reaction to flaxseed oil, such as sudden rash, hives, itching or difficulty swallowing or breathing. Report any reactions to your doctor.

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