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How much flaxseed should you take?

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There is no set dose of flaxseed. In studies of people with high cholesterol, 40 to 50 grams of flaxseed per day has been used -- 15 grams for improving kidney function in people with lupus and 40 grams for mild menopause symptoms. Flaxseed must be ground prior to taking it, or it won’t work for these conditions. In order to lower triglycerides, 38-60 grams of flaxseed oil daily has been used.

Flaxseed can be mixed with liquid or food, such as muffins or bread. But it must be ground to be absorbed. Some people use a small coffee grinder to grind daily doses as needed.

From: Flaxseed WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: "About Herbs: Flaxseed."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine web site: "Herbs at a Glance: Flaxseed and Flaxseed Oil."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Flaxseed."

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Flaxseed and Flaxseed Oil."

Wahrburg, U.  2004. European Journal of Nutrition,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 12, 2019

SOURCES:

Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: "About Herbs: Flaxseed."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine web site: "Herbs at a Glance: Flaxseed and Flaxseed Oil."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Flaxseed."

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Flaxseed and Flaxseed Oil."

Wahrburg, U.  2004. European Journal of Nutrition,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 12, 2019

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