Is Flaxseed Safe?

Normal doses of flaxseed are probably safe for most people, although high doses could potentially cause problems. Some people may be more likely to experience problems than others. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking it if you have:
  • Diabetes
  • A bleeding disorder
  • Cancer (or a history of cancer)
  • A bowel obstruction (blockage) or esophageal stricture (a narrowing of the esophagus)
  • High triglycerides
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Flaxseed Safety for more information, including any available warnings and precautions.)

What If I Take an Overdose?

It is not known exactly what to expect from a flaxseed overdose, or even if an overdose is possible. However, it is reasonable to assume that taking too much may cause the usual side effects, but they may occur more severely. Theoretically, ah overdose might increase the risk of bleeding, including dangerous internal bleeding.
(Click Flaxseed Overdose for more information.)
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