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Herbal Supplements - Flaxseed Oil

Updated on October 12, 2008

I first heard about the flax plant when reading the Little House Series, The Martha Years, by Melissa Wiley. In the books they used flax for making linen. Since that time I have discovered that the oil and seeds of the flax plant are incredibly good for you. I first started taking flaxseed oil to help reduce cramping during my menstrual cycle, but flaxseed does so much more than that.

Flaxseed oil or flax oil is full of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for heart and brain health. In fact, flax is the plant source containing the most Omega-3. Many people believer that flax may lower your cholesterol, reduce inflammation from diseases such as lupus, control high blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease, help with constipation, reduce the risk of certain cancers such as prostate and help with joint pain. Taking flaxseed oil is very easy, and as you can see can be good for your help.

There are of course side effects, as there are to anything. And unfortunately there have not been many studies done on flax. As with most herbal supplements, it seems the health industry isn't interested in pursuing research to determine the true benefits. Maybe some day herbal supplements will be taken seriously. But for now, do not take flax when you are pregnant or nursing and be careful when taking it with other medicines. Do your own research regarding this amazing plant. I think it is a very beneficial herb and take it daily.


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      cindyschulson 8 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Hi Jennifer - I recently started taking it in the form of this delicious smoothie mix I got at the health food store. I appreciate the caution about possible side effects. Do you know what they might be? thanks!

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      Jennifer 8 years ago

      Thanks for the further info Vic!

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      vic 8 years ago

      Thank you for your informative HubPage. The Omega-3 EFA in flaxseed oil is not very stable at room temperature. In order to get the most Omega-3 EFA the best is to buy refrigerated flexseed oil. It comes in small bottles at your local healthfood store. I squeeze 1-2cc of it onto my morning cereal everyday.