Understanding Flaxseeds - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. Flaxseed is the actual seed from a flax plant and it is a really great source of Omega 3, a great source of fiber and a great source of phytoestrogens. There are tons of health benefits to using flaxseed, flax oil or flax meal, which ever form you prefer. Now the Omega 3's in flaxseed are great for inflammation. So if you always feel sore and you are taking alot of Ibuprofren, it is a great way to help reduce that soreness, it is like nature's advil. It is also really good for cardiovascular disease because cardiovascular diseases are inflammitory disease. Flaxseeds are also a good source of fiber. So anybody who is trying to add fiber to their diet could try sprinkling flaxseed on a salad or putting flax meal in their oatmeal or cereal and that can help keep you regular, that can help you meet your daily fiber requirements and it can also help with cholesterol reduction. The phytoestrogens in flaxseed actually can help prevent certain cancers. They are also great for menopause because they do help you prevent estrogen. So if you are menopausal and you are struggling with the symptoms, flaxseed is a great option to have. As I mentioned, there are different forms of flax. You can have flaxseed, flax meal, flax oil. Any one of those are great options. The flax oil though, does not have the fiber in them. You can get this at any health food store, most supermarkets are starting to carry it as well and you also see that certain cereals that now have flaxseed in them. Whole grain crackers may have flaxseed in them, so there are all great sources if you are trying to add flax to your diet.