Safety Profile of Flaxseed (2018)

  last edited: Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:44:24 +0100  
I think Franziska Spritzler's article is very balanced:


Take-Home Message

Based on the most up-to-date research, flax seems to provide a number of health benefits. Several studies suggest that it may reduce the risk for certain cancers, ease menopausal symptoms, reduce inflammation, protect heart and digestive health, and perhaps improve other conditions as well.
Groups who may need to avoid or minimize flaxseed include pregnant women and those on anticoagulation therapy. In addition, there may be certain digestive disorders or rare medical conditions where flaxseed consumption would be contraindicated. Therefore, it's important to speak with your doctor or medical provider if you are being treated for such a condition prior to adding flax to your diet.
Whether or not to consume flaxseed is a personal choice. The benefits may be minimal in some cases and significant in others. At any rate, consuming flax in moderation is safe for most people.

Further information:
Flaxseed and flaxseed oil (2017, Mayo Clinic)
Flaxseed: Examining the Research (2015, Spritzler)
Natural cures for breast cancer treatment (2016)
Phytoestrogens and prevention of breast cancer: The contentious debate (2014)
Prudent Use of Flax (Flax Council of Canada)
Safety of Flax (Flax Council of Canada)
Flax – A Health and Nutrition Primer (2007, Flax Council of Canada)

see also:
Flaxseed: Small, but great inside (part 1, recreated)
Flaxseed: Small, but great inside (part 2, recreated)
Flaxseed: Small, but great inside (part 3)

Edit 12/18: link update

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