Flaxseed oil may decrease hot flashes, reduce breast pain, help arthritis, lower cholesterol and prevent cancer, according to the National Institutes of Health. Flaxseed also helps relieve constipation.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health is studying the effects flaxseed oil has on cysts in the ovaries, hardening of the arteries and breast cancer, as of 2015. The alpha-Linolenic acid found in flaxseed oil may help people suffering from heart disease, but reliable data is unavailable to support this theory. Flaxseed oil may cause post-menopausal women to experience lower cholesterol according to clinical research. Austrians have used flaxseed oil as a traditional medicine to treat gout, fever, infections, colds and flu, in addition to rheumatism, respiratory tracts and eye ailments. Flaxseed oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B, phosphorous, magnesium and protein, as well as fiber and plant estrogens.