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Flaxseed is a natural product that provides a variety of different health benefits. It contains omega-3 fatty acids and other compounds, which can be helpful for lowering cholesterol, reducing symptoms of menopause, and relieving constipation. Flaxseed can be eaten plain, but is most commonly found in baked goods. Common side effects include gas, nausea, and diarrhea.
- Alpha-linolenic acid -- An omega-3 fatty acid that may lower cholesterol and may be useful for people with heart disease
- Lignans -- Phytoestrogens (plant-based estrogen-like compounds) that might help with hot flashes or other menopause symptoms and may have protective effects against cancer
- Soluble fiber -- This may help lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, promote colon health, and relieve constipation.