How much flaxseed should I eat a day? Is it possible to eat too much?

Flax has such fantastic benefits that it’s in my Daily Dozen. I recommend at least one tablespoon every day of ground flaxseed, but ask you not to exceed 15 daily tablespoons, given concerns about the naturally occurring cyanide content that have recently surfaced. Learn more from my video:

Check out our Morning Grain Bowl and Black Bean Burger recipes, which include ground flaxseeds as a star ingredient.

To learn more about flaxseeds, visit our topic page, which covers a broad range of the latest evidence-based research.


Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.

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