Why You Should Never Eat Flaxseed Oil

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Posted by Dr Janine Bowring

December 18, 2020

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Many people take Flaxseed Oil as they consider it a good source of Omega-3’s. I don’t agree with this and don’t believe that Flaxseed Oil is a healthy supplement. Recent research backs me on this, It’s been found that men who take flaxseed oil have a higher incidence of prostate cancer than those who do’t. It makes me wonder if it is linked to one type of cancer, what other types might be affected?

Why You Should Never Eat Flaxseed Oil

Many people take Flaxseed Oil as they consider it a good source of Omega-3’s. I don’t agree with this and don’t believe that Flaxseed Oil is a healthy supplement. Recent research backs me on this, It’s been found that men who take flaxseed oil have a higher incidence of prostate cancer than those who do’t. It makes me wonder if it is linked to one type of cancer, what other types might be affected? The first problem I’ve found is that the alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) in Flaxseed Oil doesn’t convert the Omega-3’s into the necessary EPA and DHA that is needed daily. In women, it’s a bit better, but still only 21% conversion into EPA and 9% conversion into DHA. In men, the conversion is only 8% in EPA and only 0% to 4% conversion into DHA. Another problem with flaxseed oil is rancidity. It oxidizes very quickly when exposed to air and light ,thereby making it toxic. A much better solution is fish oil, which meets the requirements for omega 3’s at a much higher level. As a naturopathic doctor, I’ve always believed in going the most natural route possible with treatments for my patients. Flaxseed Oil has too many potential health side effects and not enough benefits for me to consider it a healthy supplement. From increased incidence of prostate cancer, to increase risk of bleeding and bleeding times, it’s not something I would ever recommend. Ref:International Journal of Cancer. 2007;121:1571.

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