Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can Flaxseed Oil Help Me?

Friday, 06 July 2012 03:16 PM

Question: What are the benefits of flaxseed oil?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Flaxseed oil contains the omega-3 fatty acid precursor called alpha-linolenic acid. Although diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids have been associated with improved cardiovascular risk, there is relatively little supporting evidence to justify recommending flaxseed products over other sources of omega-3 for lipid disorders and cardiovascular disease prevention.

Marine sources of omega-3 have shown remarkably improved outcomes in patients with known cardiovascular risks and lipid disorders, especially oils obtained from cold water, mercury-free fish.

Given a choice, I clearly favor the marine sources of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation.

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Flaxseed oil contains an omega-3 fatty acid percursor.
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