Flaxseed, as the name suggests, is the seed of the flax plant. As a supplement for health, offering a high fiber content and omega-3 fatty acids. Ingesting flaxseed has a number of effects, some beneficial and others, mostly about the seed is consumed in excess, harmful
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A summary of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that components of flaxseed that alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) help improve cardiovascular health (see Resources below).
The flaxseed is rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, which has a cleansing effect in the intestines and are beneficial in the treatment of irregularity.
Flax seeds are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acid, which has potent anti-inflammatory properties. They help relieve inflammation involved in conditions such as arthritis, asthma and migraine headaches.
Another effect of flaxseed, reported that theoretically at Mayo Clinic, oxidative stress, a reaction that the risk of cell damage. Studies have resulted in conflicting reports about the possibility of this risk (see Resources).
Some people have severe allergic reactions to flaxseed. These can include hives, itching, wheezing and difficulty breathing.
Increased Cyanide levels
According to the Mayo Clinic, consuming raw flaxseed in large doses can increase levels of cyanide, a toxic chemical, in the blood (see resources).