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A much regretted purchase
Holland & Barrett Flaxseed Oil
Member Name: redhead78
Holland & Barrett Flaxseed Oil
Advantages: None for me
Disadvantages: Expensive, ineffective, huge capsules to swallow
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.
Summary: A very disappointing purchase with no visible affects whatsoever and expensive to boot!
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