Flax seeds contain a high amount of dietary fiber, which can cause digestive issues such as bloating, gas, or abdominal discomfort, especially when consumed in large quantities.
Flax seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can be prone to oxidation and rancidity when exposed to light, heat, and air.
Flax seeds contain compounds known as anti-nutrients, such as phytic acid. These compounds can bind to minerals and reduce their absorption.
Some individuals may be allergic to flax seeds, experiencing symptoms such as itching, swelling, or difficulty breathing.
Flax seeds contain compounds called lignans, which have weak estrogenic effects. In some cases, excessive consumption may impact hormonal balance.
The omega-3 fatty acids in flax seeds may have mild blood-thinning effects, which could be a concern for individuals on blood-thinning medications.
Flax seeds can be susceptible to contamination, including mold or mycotoxin growth, during cultivation, processing, or storage.
The high fiber content in flax seeds may affect the absorption of certain medications, reducing their efficacy.