Flaxseed is the seed from the plant Linum usitatissimum. Flaxseed oil is extracted from cold-pressed, ripened flax seeds and contains the omega-3 fatty acid, Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA). ALA is an organic compound found in human cells that serves as a powerful antioxidant.
Flaxseed oil may help hypertension due to the Alpha-Linolenic Acid component, but the biological mechanisms are unclear.
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