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Flaxseed and thyroid problems

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ive read that flaxseed have a trace of cynide, how can it be safe to take the suppliments? ive just bought some coldmilled organtic flaxseeds hoping to reduce my cholestrol. will it help


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replied May 17th, 2010
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Flaxseed contains cyanogen glycosides that turn into Thyocianate once they are ingested in the body. Thyocianate might interfere with the activity of the thyroid gland. Therefore flaxseed is not recommended in people with even borderline thyroid problems. Otherwise, flaxseed is used as nutritional supplement because it contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids which in turn reduce the atherosclerosis and all its subsequent consequences. Different products containing flaxseed might have undergone a process in which the cyanogen glycosides are removed, but it might be best to contact the manufacturer for clear answer whether the product contains cyanogen glycosides or not.
You might want to visit a cardiologist or nutritionist about more information about the effect of omega-3 fatty acids on the blood vessels and the effect of cyanogen glycosides on the thyroid gland function.


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