I recently have read some confusing things on Flaxseed. So i came on here and did some searches and also did some searches on google and i am still somewhat confused.
At the moment i am taking Fish oil capsules, Flaxseed Meal (ground flax seeds) and Flaxseed oil. After reading some of the confusing / bad things about flaxseed and also tempted into cutting down on the money being spent on supps and the space the flaxseed containers are taking in the fridge. I was tempted into cutting back on my supps and not taking the flaxseed meal and / or oil. I wanted to get some advice from you guys.
Now what i read was some stuff on cancer and how flaxseeds can do some damage with it. Secondly i also read that flaxseeds contain phytoestrogens and they can inhibit some testosterone build up. Now after reading about soy from this site and how bad it is and how bad phytoestrogens can be for the bodybuilder, i am not keen on getting them through flaxseeds. The questions i had was first of all does the flaxseed meal AND the oil contain phytoestrogens or is it only that one of them has it. Also is only one of them potentially bad for cancer or is it both of them. I do know that flaxseed meals have very very high lignans and such which the oil doesnt have. Does this make a difference? I am just trying to figure out which one i should stop taking or if i might even stop taking both.
After all the fish oil should provide me with alot of the benefits the flaxseed will provide me with since the main reason i take flax is for the omega 3s, i suppose on a smaller scale also for the dietary fibre and protein but i can get that from many other places as well. I really dont want phytoestrogens if they do lower your testosterone count.