Recent animal-based studies indicated that flaxseed oil may be beneficial in reducing the risk of osteoporosis in post-menopausal and diabetic women.
The study was conducted by a team at the National Research Center, in Cairo, Egypt, and its results were recently published in the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health.
Researchers examined 70 rats, 30 of which were without ovaries to represent women after menopause, and a second, smaller group was afflicted with diabetes. All rats, except for those in the control group, were given flaxseed oil.
After a two-month study period the team learned that the rats that consumed flaxseed oil experienced a decrease in the occurrence of specific osteoporosis markers that can be measured in the urine and blood.
Overall, the researchers felt that the "n-3 fatty acids" found in flaxseed oil helped the subjects retain higher bone mineral densities.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 10 million Americans already suffer from the condition. Around 80 percent of those with osteoporosis are women.
In addition, women are at the highest risk for osteoporosis. Between five and seven years after menopause, a woman can lose up to 20 percent of her bone density.