What is flaxseed and where is it found?
Flaxseed is a plant that is rich in fiber, protein, minerals, and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). It also contains fiber and lignans, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Additionally, flaxseed provides magnesium, copper, and vitamins B1, B2, and B6. To get the maximum health benefits, flaxseed should be ground or it might pass through the GI tract undigested. You can buy it and grind it yourself, or you can buy it already milled. Ground flaxseed is best stored in the freezer to prevent it turning rancid.
.What are the benefits?
People take flaxseed to treat constipation, diarrhea, IBS, diverticulitis, and ulcerative colitis. Some take it to treat diabetes, menopause, high cholesterol, hypertension, lupus, high triglycerides, cardiovascular disease, obesity, ADHD, acne, and some cancers.
Are there interactions with food or medications?
Flaxseed should not be combined with medications that treat hypertension, diabetes or platelet aggregation. Be cautious combining acetaminophen, Lasix, estrogens and antibiotics.
Are there side effects?
Some people may experience digestive symptoms including bloating, gas, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, diarrhea or dyspepsia. Higher doses of flaxseed increase the probability of symptoms and over 45 g per day is not recommended.