What is Flaxseed Oil?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: NatureMade Flaxseed Oil Barlean's Flax Oil Nature's Bounty Flaxseed Oil Show all

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See also: Linseed oil

Flaxseed oil (also known as Linseed Oil) is highly recommended for the general well being and whole body nutrition and is considered to be nature's richest source of omega-3 fatty acids that are required for the health of almost all body systems.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 177 48
Multiple Sclerosis 43 8
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 20 2
High Cholesterol 7 1
Bowel problems 6 0
Increase effect of another treatment 6 1

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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 2
Mild 4
None 64

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Flaxseed Oil

Side effect Patients
Abdominal bloating 2
Acne breakout 1
Bad taste in mouth 1
Indigestion 1
Neutral side effects 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Flaxseed Oil

Dosage Patients
daily 18
1,000 mg daily 8
1,000 mg daily 3
1,200 mg daily 2
1 capsule(s) daily 1
1 tbs. daily 1
2 g daily 1
2 tbs. daily 1
1,000 mg twice daily 1
2 x 1,000 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Flaxseed Oil

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Reason Patients
Other 38
Did not seem to work 21
Expense 12
Personal research 12
Doctor's advice 4
Course of treatment ended 2
Side effects too severe 2
See all 83 patients who’ve stopped taking Flaxseed Oil

Duration

Currently taking Flaxseed Oil

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Flaxseed Oil

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 40
Usually 22
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 18
Not at all hard to take 46
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 5
< $25 44
Not specified 21
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20 patient evaluations for Flaxseed Oil

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Mare
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Mare
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: n
I have:
MS

See Mare's full Flaxseed Oil history

Jan 26, 2017 (Started Jun 30, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 x 1,000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
ITalkToTheWind
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ITalkToTheWind
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Moderate
25 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Borderline Personality

See ITalkToTheWind's full Flaxseed Oil history

Feb 2, 2013 (Started Aug 11, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Dry eyes)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
janik
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janik
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: moderate
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: n
I have:
PLS

See janik's full Flaxseed Oil history

Nov 9, 2012 (Started Sep 15, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 1, 2008 (Started Sep 15, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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