Flaxseed Side Effects
Due to the high fiber content in flaxseed, side effects could occur if you do not start with a low dose and increase it gradually. Potential side effects include bloating, abdominal pain, and constipation. There are also some potentially serious side effects of flaxseed that require immediate medical attention, such as an allergic reaction, any signs of bleeding, and severe constipation or an intestinal blockage.
Even though flaxseed is a natural product, it is not free of side effects. For most people, these side effects are merely bothersome. However, flaxseed can theoretically cause serious side effects as well, especially at very high intakes.
Flaxseed is not exactly the same as flaxseed oil, which does not contain some of the active components of flaxseed. The information in this article does not apply to flaxseed oil.
Flaxseed is high in fiber and can cause the usual fiber side effects. Many people may experience digestive flaxseed side effects, such as:
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
- Constipation (if you take it without enough water)
- Indigestion or heartburn
Just as with any fiber, starting flaxseed at a low dose and increasing it slowly may help prevent many of these digestive side effects.