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Many people take flaxseed as a dietary supplement. But what is it, specifically?
 
Flaxseed is a natural product that can be found in many forms. For example, it can be eaten plain, added to baked goods, or mixed in with drinks or foods. It is taken for a number of conditions, such as:
 
Flaxseed contains several components that may provide health benefits, including alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid), soluble fiber, and lignans (phytoestrogens). These compounds may help protect against cancer, lower cholesterol, promote colon health, and regulate blood sugar. Common side effects of flaxseed include gas, nausea, and diarrhea.
 
(To learn more about this dietary supplement, including how to store it and other possible side effects, click Flaxseed.)
 
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