While discussing the side
effects of Flaxseed oil, it is important to distinguish between its two
different uses. Flaxseed oil is often used as a cooking ingredient
or just to replace hydrogenated vegetable oils. In these
situations, Flaxseed oil is very safe and there are many health benefits
when it is used to replace less healthy oils. Flaxseed oil is also used
as a supplement, and consumed in much higher concentrations than is
used for normal cooking. It is Flaxseed oils use as a supplement
that will cause some people to experience side effects.
Flaxseed oil is often taken in high doses for a few
different reason. The main reason is just as nutrient
supplement. Flaxseed oil is taken as a supplement mainly for
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids as well as itīs high fiber
content. Flaxseed oil is often taken to prevent or cure certain
ailments including rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis and less
commonly for anxiety. There has been no scientific research that
supports Flaxseed oil as preventing or curing any of these conditions,
and at the doses typically taken, serious side effects may occur.
most common side effects of Flaxseed oil occur when individuals take
more than 25 grams per day (about 4 teaspoons) for a few months.
The most common side effect for those taking more than 25 grams per day
is diarrhea and abdominal cramps. If the individual continues to
take high doses, other side effects and symptoms may appear including
those associated with malnutrition and dehydration.
There are more serious possible side effects of Flaxseed oil.
These are either very rare, or have only been shown to occur in
animals. These side effects also only need to be noted when talking
about taking Flaxseed oil in high doses like a supplement, and are not a
concern when Flaxseed oil is used during cooking.
Some preliminary research has shown a link between
alpha-linolenic acid, a substance found in Flaxseed oil and prostate
cancer. However, this research has only shown to be conclusive in
regards to the animal form of the chemical, and not the form found in
Flaxseed oil, which is slightly different in structure.
|Flaxseed oil, when taken in supplement doses, should be
avoided during pregnancy. Some research has shown a link between
Flaxseed oil and premature birth. There is other research that
suggests that Flaxseed oil, when taking while breastfeeding can cause
digestion issues for the baby. This is very preliminary research,
but in general all supplements should be avoided during pregnancy and
breastfeeding unless specifically approved by your doctor.
Flaxseed oil should also be avoided for those that are having surgery in
the near future, or shortly after surgery. It should also be
discontinued for any person taking any medications for blood clotting as
one of the side effects of Flaxseed oil is a change in clotting
Flaxseed oil is a great additive for cooking, or as a replacement for
hydrogenated vegetable oils. However, like most supplements,
taking them at higher doses can lead to many serious side effects.
In the case of Flaxseed oil these include diarrhea, malnutrition and
dehydration. Because of some side effects, Flaxseed oil should
also be avoided during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or around the time of a