What is Flaxseed?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Flaxseed Meal Ground Flax seed Flax seed tea

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Flax seeds contain high levels of lignans and Omega-3 fatty acids. Lignans may benefit the heart, possess anti-cancer properties and studies performed on mice found reduced growth in specific types of tumors.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 55 9
Constipation 8 4
Multiple Sclerosis 8 1
Bowel irritability 6 3
Bowel problems 6 0
Increase effect of another treatment 6 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 23

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Flaxseed

Side effect Patients

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Flaxseed

Dosage Patients
1,000 mg daily 2
1 mg daily 1
1 other daily 1
1 tbs. daily 1
2 tbs. daily 1
4 tbs. daily 1
300 mg daily 1
1,200 mg daily 1
1tbs. as needed 1
daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Flaxseed

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 9
Did not seem to work 6
Doctor's advice 1
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently taking Flaxseed

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Flaxseed

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 9
Usually 11
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 6
Not at all hard to take 14
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 16
Not specified 7
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4 patient evaluations for Flaxseed

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purple617
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purple617
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Most
function: Some
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F58y
FM:13y Dx
CFS:?y
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See purple617's full Flaxseed history

Jul 14, 2010 (Started Jun 29, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: It is a good general health drug, I just got tired of taking so many medications. But I would take it again, if I felt more strongly about it.

Oct 15, 2009 (Started Jun 29, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
Ladypisces26
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Ladypisces26
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Little
function: All
external_stress: Most
Stickman: some
Description:F35y
FM:7y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See Ladypisces26's full Flaxseed history

Nov 26, 2009 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for circulation in general)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I can tell it works because I don't have as much numbness in my legs. There is also less inflamation and swelling.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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itsnotmummy
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itsnotmummy
Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Little
Stiffness: All
function: Little
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F56y
FM:13y Dx
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See itsnotmummy's full Flaxseed history

Dec 7, 2008 (Started Dec 07, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Bowel irritability)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 tbs. Daily
Advice & Tips: helped with regularity and colestoral
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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