Learn About Flaxseed’s Health Benefits

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Filed Under: Heart Health
Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Learn About Flaxseed’s Health Benefits

I want to share an interesting story with you. Jim, a 62-year-old from Tennessee, got a wake-up call when his cholesterol measured in at a scary 288 mg/dL! (Normal is under 200.) Not surprisingly, his conventional doctor was quick to prescribe a cholesterol-lowering .

Folks, statins are bad news. I’ve always been concerned about their side effects, which include muscle pain and weakness and interference of production of coenzyme Q10 levels to name just a few. It just doesn’t make sense to take these drugs—especially when there are safer, more effective natural therapies available. One treatment that has worked extremely well for our patients at the Whitaker Wellness Institute is flaxseed.

Flaxseed Health Benefits

Flaxseed not only helps to lower cholesterol, it can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Flaxseed health benefits also include its role as an excellent source of soluble fiber which acts as a natural cholesterol control mechanism. That’s because it binds to bile acids in the intestinal tract and interferes with absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. It literally helps to block it from going there.

Flaxseed is also the richest plant source of omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs). These EFAs are vital components of cellular membranes, and they improve blood flow and help prevent blood clots that can cause heart attack and stroke. Omega-3s have also been shown to lower blood cholesterol and triglycerides. It’s likely this combination of soluble fiber and EFAs that makes flaxseed so effective in reducing cholesterol.

Flaxseed Health Benefits Helped Jim

Having read about flaxseed’s health benefits in my newsletter, Health & Healing, Jim decided to give it a try. He started using ¼-cup of freshly ground flaxseed once a day, an hour before his main meal.

The results were remarkable:

  • After 15 days, Jim’s cholesterol fell to 232, and six months later it plummeted to 188.

  • During those six months he also lost 33 pounds.

  • Plus, he noticed remarkable improvements in his energy level, skin, hair and vision, which led him to comment, “I just feel better than I did 10 years ago.”

You can do the same thing to get the health benefits of flaxseed. I suggest incorporating a quarter cup of freshly ground flaxseed into your diet each day. These tiny golden or brown seeds have a rich, nutty flavor and can be sprinkled on yogurt, salads, or other foods.

Because the oils in ground flaxseed can quickly become rancid, I don’t recommend using pre-ground seed or flax oil. Instead, purchase whole flaxseeds and grind them just before consumption. To grind, place whole seeds into a coffee grinder, food processor, or blender and process for about five seconds.

Now it’s your turn: How do you enjoy the health benefits of flaxseed?

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