Cold press flax oil is the edible oil extracted from the seeds of the flax plant without the use of heat. Cold press flax oil is quite unique in that it is one of the few edible oils from plant sources that has alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is the precursor to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), omega-3 essential fatty acids found in triglyceride-based fish oil as well as pure cod liver oil, and which are touted for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Cold press flax oil contains ALA, which the body then transforms to EPA and DHA. ALA has been found responsible for this edible oil’s cardio-protective properties. As it turns out, the ALA ensures heart health by preventing inflammation as well as the proliferation of plaques and clots that may block the organ. This anti-inflammatory effect of cold press flax oil may prove useful in lessening joint pain as well.