How Well Does Cooking Destroy the Cyanide in Flax Seeds?

Are flaxseeds like bitter almonds, where just a few ounces could kill you, or more like regular almonds where regular dietary intake wouldn’t even come close?

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So Should We Be Concerned About the Cyanide from Flaxseed? ( in raw flax? Watch the thrilling conclusion in my next video.

In this video I mentioned Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen Checklist (, where you can see my recommendation of one tablespoon ground flaxseed per day.

What was that about apricot seeds: See Do Apricot Seeds Work as an Alternative Cancer Cure? ( and Does Laetrile (Amygdalin or Vitamin B-17 Work as an Alternative Cancer Cure? (

Why do I recommend a daily serving of flax seeds? See what the science says:
• Flax Seeds for Hypertension (
• Flaxseeds & Breast Cancer Survival: Clinical Evidence (
• Can Flax Seeds Help Prevent Breast Cancer? (
• Flaxseed vs. Prostate Cancer (
• Flax Seeds for Breast Pain (
• Flaxseeds vs. Diabetes (
• Flaxseeds & Breast Cancer Prevention (

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