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Flaxseed Oil
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
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Description: Flaxseed oil is a rich source of alpha linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. Alpha linolenic acid is converted into DHA (docosahexanoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). It is used to reduce inflammation; promote healthy circulation and healthy skin, hair, and nails; as well as to improve constipation. However, it has not been as well studied as fish oil has.


  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Lupus
  • Osteoporosis
  • Preeclampsia
  • Pregnancy
  • Schizophrenia

Precautions: Too much flaxseed oil can cause diarrhea. Men with prostate cancer should avoid supplementation with flaxseed oil and use ground seeds instead. Flaxseed oil has a mild blood-thinning effect, so consult with your doctor before supplementation if you are on blood-thinning medication.

Dosage: Take 1 to 2 tablespoons or 8 to 12 capsules daily.

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