Aug. 8, 2013 at 5:17 PM ET
While studies do suggest that omega-3’s have strong health benefits for the prevention of coronary heart disease, none have yet proven that alpha-linolenic acid (the omega 3’s in flax) itself is responsible.
It can cause diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms.
It may make more sense to take fish oil than flaxseed oil.
Flaxseed (not flaxseed oil) should be taken an hour before or two hours after meals so that it doesn’t interfere with absorption of other medications, vitamins and minerals.
Fish oil is better for preventing heart disease; more research needs to be done to prove the benefits of flaxseed. This supplement was reviewed and evaluated by the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Prescriptive Wellness Committee. Learn more about the committee and read other supplement reviews.
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