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Flaxseed Oil Side Effects

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This is the list of flaxseed oil side effects facts, proper dosage information, and what happens when it is taken excessively or by those with allergies.

If you are beginning a flaxseed oil regimen be sure to start with a small amount and watch for any allergic reactions or drug interactions.

  • Hormonal Side Effects

  • Taking excessive amounts of flax seed oil (proper dosage is 1 tablespoon a day) may have hormonal effects that are harmful during pregnancy and breastfeeding. People with hormone-dependent conditions like breast or prostate cancer should also avoid using flax seed oil. It is not recommended for children under 12.

  • Allergies

  • Some people have reported mild to severe allergic reactions to flaxseed oil which include but are not limited to difficulty breathing or swallowing, wheezing, swelling, itching, hives, or a rash.

  • Drug Interaction

  • Flax has the effect of a mild anti-coagulant which means it increases the time it takes for your blood to clot. You should avoid flaxseed oil if you are taking blood thinners or anti-coagulant medications because its effects when combined with these medications may lead to uncontrolled bleeding. In general, flax may interact with other drugs so avoid medication for at least 2 hours after eating this type of oil.

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