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Is Flaxseed Effective?

Flaxseed seems to be an effective laxative. It is also probably effective for high cholesterol. There is not enough evidence to tell if flaxseed is effective for other uses.
 
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Dosing Information

Flaxseed can be taken in a variety of ways, and many people like to consume it through baked goods, such as breads, although some people are concerned that the heat of baking may affect some of the active components. The best dose has not yet been established.
 
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Side Effects of Flaxseed

Flaxseed can cause several side effects, such as:
 
  • Bloating and gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • Nausea
  • Constipation (if you don't take it with plenty of water).
     
(Click Flaxseed Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 

Drug Interactions

Flaxseed can potentially interact with a few different medications (see Flaxseed Drug Interactions).
 
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