Flaxseed

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How does Flaxseed work?

Flaxseed binds with cholesterol in the gut and prevents it from being absorbed. Flaxseed is also a source of dietary fiber.

Are there safety concerns?

Flaxseed is safe for most people. Taking flaxseed might INCREASE the number of bowel movements each day. It might also cause bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, stomachache, and nausea.

Flaxseed should be taken with plenty of water to prevent blockage in the gut.

Flaxseed might be safe to use while pregnant or breast-feeding, but talk to your healthcare professional before using it.

Do not take flaxseed if:
  • You have a bleeding disorder.
  • You have high triglyceride levels.
  • You have bowel obstruction.
  • You have esophageal stricture.
  • You have intestinal inflammation.
  • You have breast cancer.
  • You have uterine cancer.
  • You have ovarian cancer.
  • You have endometriosis.
  • You have uterine fibroids.

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