Acidophilus, Flax seed and Vitamin B
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Phillip
Posted on: July 8, 2000

I’m taking acidophilus and flaxseed oil my routine is: 2 acidophilus in the morning and 2 vitamin Bs; and 3 Flaxseed oil pills at night. I was wondering if there is a side effect in taking this for a long period of time? Would they leave deposits, cause weight gain, or interrupt my growing cycle?

Acidophilus is a friendly bacterium, used by the digestive system. It enhances immunity and food absorption. It is available in yogurt that is labeled "with active bacterial cultures".

Flaxseed oil is high in the nutritious Omega-3 fatty acids. Flax is best taken in the form of the freshly crushed seed. The seeds are easily crushed in a coffee grinder. The seed is available very cheaply in health food stores. The hard shell on the flax seed keeps its oils fresh. Three tablespoons of the crushed seed daily, sprinkled on breakfast cereals, provides a good supply of the Omega-3 fatty acids. If you are taking flaxseed oil, make sure that it is fresh, a good brand, and kept refrigerated. The oil goes rancid, and therefore toxic, very quickly.

Vitamin B complex is a combination of the B vitamins. It is best taken early in the day, because they kick-start the metabolism. The normal daily dosage range is 50 to 100 mg of each of the B vitamins, with 5 to 100 mcg of vitamin B12 and 50 to 400 mcg of folic acid.

In general, it is best to get your vitamins from food. Whole foods provide a balance of nutrients that maximize absorption into your body. Wholegrain cereals are high in the B vitamins. Vitamin B12 is available in meat, fish, dairy products and wheat germ.

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