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I heard some cultures take 2 or 3 tablespoons of flax seeds with hot water as a natural laxative. Is that safe to do? How about daily for fiber?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine

In brief: Flax seed

Flax seed is indeed an excellent source of fiber, whether eaten whole on cereal or salad or washed down with water. Some recommend the ground form to enhance absorption of nutrients—omega 3's & lignans, which, when converted by body into phytoestrogens, may help prevent breast, colon, & prostate cancer.
Fiber can help reduce cholesterol levels. If you have diverticulosis, be careful with seed form.

In brief: Flax seed

Flax seed is indeed an excellent source of fiber, whether eaten whole on cereal or salad or washed down with water. Some recommend the ground form to enhance absorption of nutrients—omega 3's & lignans, which, when converted by body into phytoestrogens, may help prevent breast, colon, & prostate cancer.
Fiber can help reduce cholesterol levels. If you have diverticulosis, be careful with seed form.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Andrew Freeman
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Flax is good

Any plant contains fiber which can help with digestive processes and bowel movements.
Pysllium, a plant fiber, is the most often used and is available in many over the counter preparations. Flax seed also contains beneficial plant oils which are good for cholesterol.

In brief: Flax is good

Any plant contains fiber which can help with digestive processes and bowel movements.
Pysllium, a plant fiber, is the most often used and is available in many over the counter preparations. Flax seed also contains beneficial plant oils which are good for cholesterol.
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Dr. Andrew Freeman
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