Flaxseed and flaxseed oil are very popular as a nutritional supplement to increase heart health. There are also claims that flax may help manage diabetes, help people with certain types of cancer, and help instestinal health as well.
However, natural supplements are not always safe – natural supplements can be dangerous for the wrong people. Even grapefruit juice can cause problems if it’s consumed with certain types of medications.
A study in Canada of over 3000 women has found that women who consume flaxseed oil in their second and/or third trimesters of pregnancy have 4 times the risk of going into preterm labor and delivering a premature baby.
According to the researchers, half of Canadian women use natural products, believing that they are safer than prescription or over-the-counter medications. However, they should always check with their pharmacist and/or doctor to be sure that what they are taking is safe.