logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Nutrition Site

BellaOnline's Nutrition Editor

g

Side Effects of Flax Seed Oil


Are there really side effects of flax seed oil? Definitely! But here's an even better, more important question to ask about flaxseed oil, "What are the real facts about flax?side effects of flax seed oil

Ever since flaxseed oil hit the nutritional supplement market in the mid-80s, it's been promoted as a cure-all for dozens of diseases and conditions. But, for the most part, those “health claims” are unsubstantiated and, at best, shaky. Plus, there are serious side effects of flax seed oil.

The Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Flax is, without a doubt, an abundant plant source of the omega 3 fatty acid ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). But, in an effort to market and hype their products, promoters have long ignored or downplayed the many negative aspects of flaxseed and have created multiple misconceptions.

For example, flax contains only tiny quantities of the fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). And these two amazing fatty acids are the ones proven by research to be ultimately responsible for almost all of the extraordinary omega 3 health benefits.

For your body to manufacture EPA and DHA from the ALA in flaxseed requires a complex conversion process in the human digestive system. In actual fact, only ˝ of 1% of the ALA consumed can be converted into EPA and DHA. And that would be under ideal circumstances.

Considering the fact that Americans spend more money on digestive aids than they spend on public school education, ideal conversion conditions of even ˝ of 1% are extremely rare.

So, to get the EPA and DHA that's naturally found in a regular 3 to 4 oz. serving of omega 3 rich fish (salmon is the richest source), a person would have to drink gallons of flax seed oil. And that would be a very bad idea, since two of the side effects are flatulence and loose stools.

Flax Oil Side Effects

There’s plenty of research which questions the nutritional effectiveness of flax seed oil and illustrates the difference between flax and omega 3 rich fish oil. Two important studies were recently published in the prestigious American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

In one study, flax seed oil, which is often sold as an anti-inflammatory product for reducing the pain and swelling of arthritis, was shown to be far less effective in treating inflammation than omega 3 fish oil. In most cases, flax oil even increases painful inflammation.

The other study found that while omega 3 fish oil can decrease the risk of cancer of the prostate, it was found that flax seed oil actually increases the risk of prostate cancer.

On close examination, most of the “studies” used by the flax seed industry to support their product claims is either anecdotal evidence or small, insignificant test tube and animal studies.

There have never been any long term, double blind, placebo controlled, peer reviewed human studies that show any nutritional benefits for flax seed oil. It’s also interesting to note that the most aggressive promoters are from Canada, the world’s largest producer and exporter of flax.

Fish Oil Health Benefits

Rather than risking your health with flaxseed, it makes better sense, both nutritionally and economically, to get the many amazing omega 3 benefits from omega 3 fish oil.

My recommendation for the best fish oil comes from the cold, clean North Atlantic waters. These pure fish oil capsules with balanced EPA and DHA can be found at the omega 3 web site.

Be sure to check out my Natural Health Newsletter.

Click here for the Site Map.

Articles you might also enjoy:
List of High Protein Foods
The 7 Steps for How to Prevent Heart Disease
Best Foods to Lower Triglycerides Naturally
How to Lower Cholesterol Naturallly in 7 Steps
Natural Home Arthritis Remedies for Arthritic Relief

To subscribe to the Natural Health Newsletter, just enter your email address in the subscribe box at the bottom of this page.

© Copyright Moss Greene. All Rights Reserved.

Note: The information contained on this website is not intended to be prescriptive. Any attempt to diagnose or treat an illness should come under the direction of a physician who is familiar with nutritional therapy.
Add Side+Effects+of+Flax+Seed+Oil to Twitter Add Side+Effects+of+Flax+Seed+Oil to Facebook Add Side+Effects+of+Flax+Seed+Oil to MySpace Add Side+Effects+of+Flax+Seed+Oil to Del.icio.us Digg Side+Effects+of+Flax+Seed+Oil Add Side+Effects+of+Flax+Seed+Oil to Yahoo My Web Add Side+Effects+of+Flax+Seed+Oil to Google Bookmarks Add Side+Effects+of+Flax+Seed+Oil to Stumbleupon Add Side+Effects+of+Flax+Seed+Oil to Reddit




Fish Oil Health Benefits
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Nutrition Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Moss Greene. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Moss Greene. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Moss Greene for details.

g


g features
Blueberries Benefits & Healthy Blueberry Recipes

Benefits of Vitamin D & Symptoms of D Deficiency

Signs of Iron Deficiency Anemia in Women

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor