Originally Posted by JerseyGirrl
I just started taking flaxseed oil pills. They are 1,000 mgs each to be taken 3 times a day. Would this be just as good as eating flaxseeds straight? Or is it better to just eat the real thing? It just seems more cost effective for me to take the pills as the only flaxseeds I can find are 10 dollars for a small package. What do you ladies think?
i am not a dietician or nutritionist, but i've heard that generally it takes about 6-15 flax softgels to equal the same amount of oil/nutritional value as 1 T of actual oil or seeds - and you do want milled because your body can absorb it better. also, unless you're taking a pill marked "with lignans" or "high lignan" you're missing out on the fiber aspect of flax supplementation.
you also need to be careful because too much EFA consumption can thin the blood - but how much is too much ... i don't know but i think it is a LOT...- you can't overdose on EFAs but you do need to be careful if you have a history of issues in the past.
you can often find bulk flaxseed at your local health food store, and grind it yourself, or there are many brands that sell supplementary (cold pressed, organic, milled what have you) flaxseed in small packages. $10 sounds high but how many servings was it at 1T a day? it all boils down to what is most cost effective and convienient for you.