What Are Flaxseed Oil Capsules For?


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Flaxseed oil capsules and all flaxseed oil products are used to treat a variety of conditions. Some of the common conditions include breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis, anxiety, benign prostatic hyperplasia, vaginal infections, dry eyes, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, ADHD and bipolar disorder, reports WebMD.

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Research suggests that flaxseed oil is not effective in treating Type 2 diabetes, bipolar disorder, high cholesterol or rheumatoid arthritis, according to WebMD. There is some evidence to support flaxseed oil's effectiveness in treating ADHD, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, breast cancer, dry eyes, prostate cancer, vaginal infections and anxiety, but the amount of evidence is considered to be insufficient. Using flaxseed oil on a daily basis, taking only one supplement a day, is considered to be likely safe for healthy adults. People who should use caution and consult a physician when taking flaxseed oil include children and those who are breast-feeding or have a bleeding disorder. Flaxseed oil is not recommended for women who are pregnant, as evidence suggests it may contribute to premature birth when taken during the second or third trimesters of pregnancy. Because it can increase the risk of bleeding, flaxseed oil should stopped at least two weeks before any surgery.

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