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How Much Flax Seed Oil Should I Use Per Day?

author image Melodie Anne
Melodie Anne Coffman specializes in overall wellness, with particular interests in women's health and personal defense. She holds a master's degree in food science and human nutrition and is a certified instructor through the NRA. Coffman is pursuing her personal trainer certification in 2015.
How Much Flax Seed Oil Should I Use Per Day?
A small bowl of flax seed oil and a small bowl of flax seed. Photo Credit: Elena Elisseeva/iStock/Getty Images

Flax seed oil contains an omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid. Your body has to convert ALA into eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid -- EPA and DHA -- before it can be used. Flax seed oil may be helpful for reducing high cholesterol, minimizing inflammation and lowering your risk of heart disease. Because the system of converting alpha-linolenic acid isn’t very efficient, however, research is still mixed as to exactly how beneficial flax seed oil is for treating these conditions.

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Daily Doses

Flax seed oil doesn’t have a set recommended dosage. It really depends on how much EPA and DHA you have in your diet, as well as your overall health, but the general recommendation is 1 to 2 tablespoons per day. If you’re taking flax seed oil capsules, take one to two each day, the University of Maryland Medical Center recommends. Your doctor will have to give you an exact dosage to suit your body’s requirements, however. Taking too much flax seed oil can inhibit the absorption of medications, supplements and nutrients.

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