I've been using Holland & Barret flaxseed capsules for some years now. As someone with food allergies and attendant digestive issues, these solve problems when things get so bad and so out of hand that nothing else works. I don't recommend taking them with every meal as, like aloe vera, they're a bit strong and could possibly exhaust the digestive system with overuse! But every few days or once a week would probably be about right. If one's system gets backed up, and this is a constant problem with food allergies, these are the answer without resorting to much stronger remedies. They are more natural acting and less harsh on the system. I don't think I could take the oil without the capsules but everyone's different. And it wouldn't be a great idea to take these before a meal, rather take them during or after a meal to minimise 'repeating' on you. There is also an organic option at Holland & Barrett as well as various tub sizes to suite the budget but basically, the bigger the tub (and more caps) the cheaper it gets. The other upside is that it clears up your skin beautifully but I guess that's to be expected with a cleaner inner system. The caps are clear gelatine and each capsule gives you 1000mg of flaxseed oil, one of the most potent natural sources of linolenic acid and Omega-3 polyunsaturates. Of all the things that has made the most difference to my peace of mind, these capsules have been at the top of the list.
So I know flaxseed is super good for you, it is a super food after all, and has many health benefits.
The benefits of flaxseed are that it can reduce the risk of many illnesses like diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Additionally flaxseeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids also known as 'good acids' that are great for the heart. This is just a tiny extract of why flaxseeds are so good but the list does go on, they are just such a great super food.
I initially decided to get this as it would be something new and I was getting a bit bored of just using ground flaxseed. I purchased this from Holland & Barrett's, as I do with all my other health foods, for £13.05 for a 473ml bottle. A bit of a random number but thats what it says!
You simply consume this by taking one teaspoon twice a day with a meal, I find this better than having ground flaxseed as this does not have to be mixed into your food and change the texture of everything. You simply just take it by itself, which is fantastic. If you are worried about the taste, do not be because it does not taste of anything, again, another great thing about this product.
Overall, I really like this product, it makes me feel great and has given my hair, nails and skin a lovely shine. I feel a lot better with this and more 'awake' if that makes sense.
A healthy diet, in my opinion is extremely important. If you eat rubbish, you will more than likely look, and feel like rubbish - I don't want to look or feel rubbish, so I don't eat rubbish - simples. Although I do eat meat on occasions, I am not a lover of meat and instead eat a primarily vegeterian diet and I also incorporate multiple supplements into my diet in order to look and feel healthy. I first heard about flax seed oil around a year ago via a health magazine and thought "oh my god I have to try it" and then forgot about it, however just before Christmas 2011 when I and my boyfriend were browsing the shelves of our local Holland and Barrett, I came across this - liquid flax seed oil.
The price put me off as I wasn't sure if it would live up to the hype and I didn't know if i'd like the taste or smell, however I decided to take a risk and purchased one bottle, although it's worth noting that Holland and Barrett do have a current 'buy one get one half price' offer on. I paid £10.65 for the 473ml bottle which does sound a lot but to be fair, you only need a small amount - I personally have two teaspoons per day, which is the reccomended amount. Flax seed oil isn't only available from Holland and Barrett and it can be purchased from a variety of places - including Amazon. Prices vary but on average it's £10+ for a decent sized bottle.
So.. what exactly is flax seed oil? Flaxseed oil, also known as linseed oil, is oil obtained from the dried, ripe seeds of the flax plant. Now, I have no idea what a flax plant is, but I do know that this stuff has many advantages - it's an antioxiant, contains a high level of the healthy, fatty acid omega 3 and can (apparently) help prevent various diseases including Cancer and heart disease. The oil is edible and can be used for cooking, and it can withstand temperatures of upto 350 degrees. The oil does have a minor downside, which is that it does go off quite quickly; it lasts for a month at the most so I always make sure that I have my two teaspoons a day so none goes to waste.
Flaxseed oil is completely natural. It does not contain lactose, soya, gluten, wheat, starch, milk or yeast. There are no age guidelines (although it does state on the bottle to keep out of reach of children) or any noted side effects but Holland and Barrett do state that if you have any negative reactions to it (which I haven't) to contact your doctor. They also state that if you are pregnant or breastfeeding to discuss it with your doctor before taking it. I am currently breastfeeding and took flax seed oil during my late pregnancy and my doctor didn't, and still hasn't advised me against it. There are some people that think that flaxseed oil is harmful to unborn babies, however there is no proof of this and there are many more people who believe that it has many advantages and health effects and does not pose a threat at all.
The flax seed comes packaged in quite a basic bottle with a screw-on lid. There's a green label wrapped around the middle of it with all the information needed. It's quite heavy so pouring out the right amount can be a little awkward but apart from this, the packaging is practical and not too basic - it stands out in the cupboard too due to the eye catching colour scheme of the label. The only downside of the packaging is that as it's quite large I struggle to fit it into my small fridge, however if laid on its side it fits in so I have to obviously ensure the cap is screwed on properly. The oil itself is quite a bright yellow colour, in fact it looks a little like melted butter. It's wattery in consitency but with a slightly thicker texture than water has, but only slightly.
The oil smells quite unpleasant if i'm honest; it has an almost cleaning fluid smell. This is a huge disadvantage. I purchased this intending to use it as a salad dressing (mixed with garlic etc) but the smell really ruins a meal so it's out of the question and instead I can only use it in smoothies. I have never tasted it on its own as i'm too scared due to how bad it smells! However as I don't consume this on its own the smell isn't a problem. I mix this into smoothies and the smell of the fresh fruit masks any unpleasant scents from the oil and the taste of the oil is undetectable. I've been taking this oil for a couple of months now, twice daily and although I have not noticed a change in my body, skin, hair etc I feel good that my body is getting extra nutrients. Although I do like this product due to the health benefits, it does have quite a lot of disadvantages including the smell, use-by date and slightly over the top pricing, and I do overall reccomend this if you are willing to pay the price as it is a good, nutritious product. I give it 3/5 stars overall as the few disadvantages do let it down substantially
My husband and I both suffer from scalp psoriasis and over the years have tried numerous things to try and alleviate it. Psoriasis is caused by several things including a lack of vitamin D and/or essential fatty acids (the omega acids). The vitamin D we receive is usually from the sun so living in the wettest county in England probably doesn't help our scalps receive the necessary sunlight. Nor does the fact that when the sun does shine we're either stuck indoors at work or to be found on our bikes and obviously wearing helmets!
We found a shampoo that works for us (see T-Gel Neutrogena review!) but as it is so expensive we were also on the look out for something else to try and prevent the psoriasis from occurring in the first place rather than just curing the symptoms of an itchy, flakey, patchy scalp. Having a look around our local health food shop I was approached by an assistant and asked if I needed help. I explained what I was looking for and she asked if we'd ever tried taking Flaxseed Oil capsules. No was the simple answer! She explained that they contained a lot of the essential fatty omega oils that our body can lack including omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9.
I decided to give them a go and she recommended that I buy the bottle of 120 capsules rather than the one with 60 as there were two of us going to be taking them and you need to take 2 a day so this would last us a month. They were also on a 3 for 2 offer so, yes, muggings here told her I'd take three. When I got to the till I realised why she made this recommendation...£13.35 for the 120 capsules, that's why!!! Do they work on commission in that place?! To be honest, if I'd realised they were going to be that much I wouldn't have bothered buying them. The shampoo we use costs us around £5.50 for a bottle and last us around a month as well...you do the maths! But, as I'd already got to the till, there was a queue behind me and I don't like to make a fuss I handed my hard-earned cash over and left the store nearly £27 lighter and weeping!!
The bottle has now changed from the one shown in the picture and is now completely green - green plastic, green flip top lid (no child-safety lid on these, so best to keep out of reach of any little ones) and a green label. The front label informs us that they Flaxseed Oil capsules are a natural source of nutrients for heart, brain and joint health and the one on the back gives the usual information you'd expect to find including a list of ingredients, instructions on how to take them and warnings about not using them instead of a balanced diet, when pregnant or breastfeeding etc.
The flip top lids is easy to open once you've unwrapped the plastic sealing it closed and reveals and white paper seal underneath too, reassuring you that the product hasn't been tampered with in any way. Once this has been peeled off you get to see the capsules themselves. Big, squishy horrid brown things! I've never seen anything like it! I've always struggled with taking tablets and until I was in my late 20's only ever took medicine in either a liquid form of via tablets that could be dissolved in juice. Now that I'm a big brave girl of 34 I can swallow small pills but it still takes a full 500ml glass of water for me to get 2 of them down. So when I saw the size of these I was immediately put off them!
Nevertheless (and at 11p per capsule!) I tried to take one with my breakfast. I did struggle but eventually managed to get it down. My husband didn't have any problems taking them, but I did need vast amounts of water, although a lot of that was probably down to my mental struggle. The worst part was that you have to take two a day so I had to get another one down at dinner time. Although I struggle with tablets, my husband did agree that these are particularly large (I've just measured on and they're 2.7cm long and 1cm wide) so if you're like me you may want to think again if you're considering taking these! I continued taking these for a couple of weeks but, to be honest, I decided that feeling sick twice a day was too big a price to pay and I'd rather stick to the shampoo!
My husband carried on taking these for over 2 months as he hates waste - the fact that I'd bought 3 bottles didn't go down too well! - and was determined to finish them off. After nearly 9 weeks, though, he still hadn't noticed any difference (he also suffers from psoriasis on his legs and back) and gradually forgot about taking them. So we still have one bottle of them left lurking somewhere at the back of the medicine cabinet and a half finished one on the kitchen counter.
For us, these Flaxseed Oil Capsules were a complete waste of (a lot of!) money. Admittedly, I probably didn't give them enough time to start working properly, but I didn't notice my scalp clearing up any more than usual (and the frequent aches I get in my knees remained the same although I'd hoped with it's claims of joint health this might been eased too) and decided they weren't worth the effort of getting down. My husband, also, noticed no difference. After taking them for a month or so he decided to stop using the special shampoo to see if he could do without it now but within days his scalp was back to itching and flaking badly. The patches of red, scaly skin on his legs and back were also just as bad as previously, so as these were the main reasons for him taking these capsules he too decided they weren't worth it.
I really regret buying these capsules in the first place and have since started trying to be more assertive in such matters! Looking back I can't believe I paid nearly £30 for them without giving them a trial first and it has taught me a lesson! They were big, difficult to swallow and, for us, didn't do what we bought them for and at more than double the cost of our previous remedy for scalp psoriasis even if they had worked miracles I still wouldn't buy them again. I can't recommend these in regard to psoriasis I'm afraid, there are much better, more effective things to use for alleviating this and at prices that are much more wallet friendly.
I am a big believer in my supplements and minerals and feel that a few of them can aid and support a healthy immune system. My experience with taking Flaxseed Oil takes me back about three to four years, when my shift patterns were horrendous with work and I was suffering from stress and depression. As a result of this, my hair started to get thinner and my skin started to look awful. I researched what vitamins I could try and decided to give this a whirl.
A bottle of tablets will cost you around six to eight pounds and you should get around sixty tablets for your money. Each tablet contains a high dose of flaxseed oil, which is rich in Omega oils and essential fatty oils. I persevered and took the course, taking one tablet a day for a couple of months.
My hair did not magically respond overnight, but what the oil did do was restore a level of balance back into my scalp. The hair did start feeling better around the crown area and the ends begun to feel less frail. I am not sure if this was just down the oil or the fact I was also eating a lot of nuts and seeds, but I did see a turnaround in hair condition. As for my skin, after a few days of unsettled skin, the skin did start to look more healthy too and radiant.
The tablets are easy to take and if you do not get enough fish or essential oils in your diet then they are a good supplement to take. The oil did seem to work for my condition and I would be happy to purchase again as I feel they did assist my well-being. If I could change anything about the product, I would bring the price down by a couple of pounds as it is quite dear for an omega oil.
This is a great way to get some omega 3 rich fatty acids into your diet. For many people the thought of eating fish or chowing down nuts/seeds is enough to make them vomit. Well if that is you then i suggest you try flaxseed capsules. These have some great health benefits which i will list below from my own personal experience.
Firstly is the supposed increased brain function, whilst i can't say my IQ has jumped up by a score of 50 i can say these do provide you with much more energy and a sustained healthy mood.
Secondly, for me was the most important benefit was that on the joints. I have had a creaky elbow for some time, and so as i was told to increase my fatty acid intake i started taking 6 capsules a day and my joints/tendons felt much more lubricated.
As for consuming the capsules they come in a soft gelatin shell which are really easy to swallow and have a neutral taste.
As for the price and quality of this item...well if bought in the half price sale then they are a good buy, but otherwise i would look elsewhere. The quality is very good, they come well sealed and the plastic tub is a dark colour in order to reduce damage from the sunlight. Remember though that these are only a 'supplement' to a healthy diet so don't think that popping a few capsules will mean you are a picture of health. For me these are a staple supplement so 10/10
I am only 26 but I have always had problems with my hips causing my a lot of discomfort is I sit/lay in the same position for too long and hurting (more then normal aches) when i go hiking. I started doing regular low impact excercise and taking cod liver oil a few years ago and noticed a slight improvement.
Then about 8 months ago I did a jane schrivers 30 day detox (highly recommend it). As part of this I went to see a local alternative therapy centre. They recommended I swap my cod liver oil for flax seed oil as it was more affective and is a better source of Omega-3. They also said that as i was detoxing it would be better as cod liver oil is toxic as it is taken from a liver. So off i toddled to my local health food shop and bought a bottle of flax seed oil. I can safely say it does not taste nice. Plus it was very expensive compared with my usual cod liver oil.
However I persavered and I did start to notice an improvement in my joints compared to when i was taking the cod liver. But there was still the problem of the taste, so I had a scout around and found these capsules and they are great. all the same benifits and quick and tasteless. I have also noticed an improvement in my immune system ( i used to always have colds) but I think that is also to do with my new healthier eating habits.
The instructions say to take 1-3 tablets 3 times a day which can be a bit of a pain as I always forget to take one with me to work, Plus 9 capsules a day is quite a lot as I hate swallowing pills. I have since found that holland and barrett do a flax seed capsule where you only need to take 1 capsule twice a day which works out better for me.
The capsules themselves are a dark brown colour. The manufacturer says that they are tinted to protect the oil from the light. They are about the same size (quite large) and texture as cod liver oil capsules and the casing is made from gelatine, glycerin and carob. They are quite easy to swallow for their size.
For any alergy sufferers the label says the capsules are:
Contains no dairy products.
Contains no added sugar, salt, starch, yeast, lactose, artificial preservatives, colours or flavourings.
Flax seed is a rich source of Omega-3. It is supposed to be very good for the heart and help to lower cholesterol. I can't say if this works as I have never had any problems with cholesterol. It also contains lignan which is supposed to help fight several diseases including breast cancer, crohn's disease and colitis.
I would definately recommed flax seed oil and these capsules are good quality but I have found cheaper ones. I recommend keeping an eye out for 2 for 1 offers as it can work out quite expensive taking them long term.
At the moment 60 1000mg Capsules are £6.99 and 120 1000mg Capsules are £11.89 in Holland and Barrett
After suffering from Eczema for several years I have tried many different things from herbal mud drinks to healthy diets and of course supplements. Flaxseed oil is something that is recommended normally for people with acne but is actually good for all skin due to the Omega properties. Omegas are something that is constantly drilled into our skulls which we most commonly and naturally find in oily fish such as salmon (no not your battered cod from the chip shop). They are essential for our body to function, to help the skin and some studies even suggest prevent heart disease. Of course though it isn't always easy to have our fish, especially if being a vegetarian. Flaxseed oil (also known as linseed oil but not the same) can make sure you get these Omegas without letting the fish slide down your throat.
--What it treats--
Flaxseed Oil contains omega-6 and 9, protein, zinc, B vitamins, magnesium and lecithin naturally. Dependant on where you buy your flaxseed from it all has other supplements added.
It is said to have many different benefits. They include helping to balance blood pressure, help concentration, aid lower cholesterol, helps to maintain weight, higher energy levels, PMS, boost our immune system and of course aids skin moisture balance helping both dry skin like eczema and oily skin like acne. These are just a few of the claimed benefits of flaxseed. However you must bear in mind that for every study that shows the goodness of flaxseed another will rubbish it in a heartbeat. This means this supplement is yet another that can only show the benefits though personal experience.
--Isn't Linseed the same thing?-
In short - No. Flaxseed is taken from the dried ripe seeds from the flax plant. It is then cold-pressed. Linseed is the same as above but after the process they then have a stage of solvent extraction. Most people know linseed to a seed itself and lots of people have it with their breakfast.
--When you would/wouldn't take it and why--
Personally I wouldn't recommend it if you feel your diet already has omegas, B vitamins etc. Of course this is your own choice but before I take a supplement I always see if it is possible to have the things it offers naturally. If your diet is something to be desired and you find yourself living off the local curry house then this may be for you, however if you eat more fish and seeds than a shark then it will just be an unnecessary extra.
--The product itself - Contents, sizes etc--
The two different ways to get flaxseed are though oil or a capsule.
To be honest there is only two things that separate them. The first is of course the taste. It doesn't taste fishy like some would assume but instead just oily. I always feel like I'm preparing the cook chips when I take the liquid form. The capsule form is tasteless but of course is big and some may find it difficult to swallow. The second is the concentration. You will (or at least should) always find that the liquid is a much higher concentration then the capsule.
The proof is in the pudding with my contents list below:
Flaxseed Capsule - 1000mg
Which typically contains:
Alpha-Linolenic Acid - 500mg
Linoleic Acid - 123mg
Oleic Acid - 140mg
Other Fatty Acids and Phytonutrients - 72mg
Liquid - 5ml teaspoon
Flaxseed Oil 4,650mg
Which typically contains:
Alpha-Linolenic Acid - 2,558mg
Linoleic Acid - 691mg
Oleic Acid - 983mg
Palmitic Acid - 235mg
Stearic Acid - 151mg
As you can see the liquid contains a lot more than the capsule and the liquid tends to be in the sale as well so you find you can get a serious bargain. Of course you would have to be able to stomach it though.
--Our experience of it-
All three women in my household tired this product. I suffer from eczema, my mother from dry skin and my sister from acne. All of us have seen improvements to our skin and overall well being. I feel a lot less dry which in turn means I don't scratch as much. I was quite shocked that it showed results after only a week and now after 5 months my skin is even starting to heal some of the scars I thought were permanent. My mother can now go out in the winter and not worry about her face drying in the cold and even though my sister still has a couple of spots visible it is far less then her graced name of pizza face from last year. On the other hand my friend took it a couple of years ago and it made no change to her so it is a trial and error supplement.
--(Possible) side effects--
A really important thing to note about flaxseed oil is that due to its weight management benefits it slows down the metabolism and the absorption of whatever is in your stomach. Now this is good for food but if you are taking medication then this could mean it isn't being absorbed into the body quickly enough which makes it useless.
If you have diabetes, are pregnant, breast feeding or take regular medication then it is always advised that you speak to your doctor first. You may find that it isn't the best option for you or the total opposite and your doctor can proscribe it for free.
The RRPs are:
Capsule 1000mg x 60 - £6.99
Liquid - 473mg - £10.99
However Holland and Barrett are famous for their campaigns and bringing prices down over 75% saving quite a bit of money if you know when to visit.
The simplest alternative to flaxseed oil is taking a good look at your diet. Firstly do you already have all the essentials in your diet and secondly if not are you able to?
Of course there is also linseeds themselves which are slightly different but can be sprinkled on breakfast or salads. You Omegas can be found in your fish and your b vitamins in things such and seed sprinkles and nuts.
--Would I recommend it?--
Flaxseed is definitely a trial and error product which can either help your skin or just put a hole in your pocket. For a first time buyer you should consider getting this product in the sale as it won't be such a loss if it doesn't work out. Personally it helped my skin to the point where I feel a lot more confident with my scars. The other big thing I noticed was my energy levels were a lot more stable then before and I wasn't fighting the urge to nod off on the bus home. My sister, the poor delicate teenager that she is doesn't have to worry about hiding her face in her hoody. This meant that not only the myth of her being a vampire has gone but of course her confidence has sky rocketed for her making her branch out and now want to sing. My mother doesn't notice a lot of difference until the winter but she is a lot happier that she doesn't have to moisturize up to six times a day. I personally recommend it if you have skin problems of any kind of if you find you sometimes struggle with you energy levels. Just remember to speak to your doctor first.
Each capsule gives you 1000mg of flaxseed oil, one of the most potent natural sources of linolenic acid and Omega-3 polyunsaturates.