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Who should not use flaxseed?

People with bowel disorders should avoid flax seed in crushed or powdered form because it acts as a laxative; they can try the oil if they are interested in this supplement. Because flax seed reduces swelling, it can slow the formation of blood clots and increase bleeding, so people taking blood-thinning medications such as aspirin or herbal remedies like ginko biloba should consult a doctor before trying flax seed. Flax seed also can mimic the effects of estrogen, so women with health problems related to a hormonal imbalance, such as endometriosis, should be cautious. It is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

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