February 8, 2016

Flaxseed Oil

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How does Flaxseed Oil work?

Flaxseed oil is a source of polyunsaturated fatty acids such as alpha-linolenic acid. These fatty acids seem to decrease inflammation.

Are there safety concerns?

Flaxseed oil is safe in the amounts found in foods. Medicinal amounts are probably safe for most adults, when used for 3 months or less. Large doses of 30 grams per day and higher can cause diarrhea.

Allergic reactions have occurred while taking flaxseed oil, and also in workers processing flaxseed products.

Do not use flaxseed oil if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have a condition which makes you more likely to bleed.
  • You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks. Flaxseed oil might increase the risk of bleeding.

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