hypothyroid and Flaxseed

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 29, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Hi I have heart disease. My cholesterol is high and I am hypothyroid as well. Is it Ok for me to eat Flaxseed every day?



on April 12, 2012
at 11:27 AM

I've seen some people with extremely high ALA in their body from the flaxseed. Useless, and it's gonna take long to get rid of it.



on April 12, 2012
at 08:36 AM

I wouldn't. If you are taking it as an anti-inflammatory, the ALA in flax doesn't even come close to the benefits of direct DHA or EPA derived from fish, krill, or algae.

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on March 01, 2012
at 04:39 AM

Could you perhaps give more information regarding your heart disease? Have you experienced heart attacks? Have you had angiography done and if so do you have atherosclerosis and/or arterial calcification? What are the specifics of your high cholesterol (e.g. ldl vs. hdl)? Do you know your triglyceride levels?

Not trying to overwhelm you with questions, but it can be hard to give people enough information given when asking for health advice over the internet. The more information the better and still take any recommendations with a grain of salt.

My current advice based on the information available would probably be preferably not.

First of all, flax seeds are mildly goitrogenic. This may increase your need for dietary iodine and if you aren't getting enough iodine, you may experience hypothyroidism and perhaps high blood cholesterol as a result. Given that you listed experiencing these two conditions in your question, perhaps consider supplementing with iodine and selenium (sea vegetables are a good source of iodine and brazil nuts are a good source of selenium for example). This may improve those conditions.

I think if you're looking for a source of omega-3 fatty acids, go with seafood. Plant omega-3's are likely less beneficial to overall health. If you just honestly enjoy eating them I think flax seeds have benefits and are fine to eat occasionally, but I'd say don't overdo it.

I made some speculations using the information given, so I hope my answer helped.


on February 29, 2012
at 10:58 AM

Maybe - Maybe not. It depends on how your digestive system is. Eat more real fat. The kind you would find in grass fed animals and cut way back on anything containing carbs. Don't ever take a cholesterol lowering drug or supplement.

Did you know that more people die of CHD that have low cholesterol than have high cholesterol according to a review of the Framingham heart study.

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