Some considerations for people taking flaxseed include:
- There is some concern that heat may destroy some of the active components of flaxseed, and many people advocate taking flaxseed raw. However, several studies used flaxseed baked goods (instead of raw flaxseed) successfully.
- It is very important to drink plenty of water while taking flaxseed. In particular, don't try to swallow flaxseed dry, as it contains fiber that can swell in the esophagus (potentially blocking the esophagus).
- As with any food or dietary supplement, it is probably possible to overdose on flaxseed. Flaxseed has a high fiber content, and taking too much too quickly can cause uncomfortable digestive side effects.
- It is sometimes recommended that flaxseed be stored in the refrigerator or freezer to keep it from going rancid, but it is not known if this is really necessary.
- If you have any chronic health problems or take any prescription medications, it is probably a good idea to check with your healthcare provider before taking flaxseed, especially at high doses.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or flaxseed dosing in general, please talk with your healthcare provider.