This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat Flaxseed Every Day
Recently, a 62-year old man named Jim from Tennessee got a call from his doctor one morning and learned that his cholesterol was way off limits (288 mg/dL). The doctor suggested cholesterol lowering drugs called statins.
However, statins are a dangerous drug. Their side-effects include muscle pain and weakness and they also interfere with the production of the coenzyme Q10. Besides, why should you take dangerous drugs when there are many natural alternatives which can easily lower your cholesterol levels? Flaxseeds for example, have recently been confirmed to lower cholesterol in a study conducted by the Whitaker Wellness Institute scientists.
Flaxseed health benefits
Besides lowering cholesterol, flaxseeds can also prevent cardiovascular diseases. They are a great source of fiber, which is essentially a natural cholesterol regulating mechanism. Fiber binds itself to bile acids and interferes with the cholesterol absorption in the bloodstream.
Flaxseed also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital components of cell membranes and improve the blood flow, effectively preventing blood clots and serious diseases. The omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseeds can lower cholesterol and triglycerides, and when combined with fiber, they create a powerful weapon against high cholesterol levels.
Having read about flaxseed’s health benefits in a magazine, Jim decided to give them a try. He started taking ¼ of a cup of freshly ground flaxseeds once a day, an hour before a meal. The results were the following: after 15 days, Jim’s cholesterol fell to 232 mg/dL, while 6 months later it fell to 188 mg/dL. During the 6-month period, he also lost 33 pounds, and felt better than before.
Incorporating freshly ground flaxseeds into your diet will do wonders for your health and prevent many diseases. However, you should always buy small amounts and grind them before consumption as they can quickly go rancid. Just place a handful in a coffee grinder and blend for 5 seconds. You can also use a food processor for the process.