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Flax Seed Lowers Cholesterol: Amaze Your Doctor!

Updated on May 6, 2016
Golden flax seed's benefits include the ability to help lower cholesterol.
Golden flax seed's benefits include the ability to help lower cholesterol. | Source

Use Ground Flax Seed and Lower Cholesterol Numbers!

Flax seed was not going to be the topic of another hub from my computer quite this soon. Touching on the benefits of fresh ground flax seed and helping others know how to incorporate it into their diet was a good move.

Then, adding a "how to" for making whole flax seed hot/cold packs seemed to be more than enough to cover the subject. Surely my little collection of flax hubs would adequately cover the topic.

Not much bigger than a mustard seed, flax did not seem to have a lot more to say for itself. I had little faith that using flax seed would be a topic highlighted by my computer again.

Knowing that it had an interesting and important history, that it had been quite useful back in the day, that many people were currently using its oil, all told me that plenty had been written about it, but oh me, oh my oh, how I underestimated this little seed's benefits!


Lowering Your Cholesterol may be Easier than You have been Led to Believe


When I began my first flax seed article I was also beginning an experiment that resulted in an interesting turn of events because a surprising test result showed a big jump in my overall cholesterol count.

I knew that the week previous to the test had been filled with stresses and that I had not been drinking my ground flax seed in grape juice as usual or exercising right so I sort of expected a higher than normal-for-me reading, which was already borderline.

Having formulated a plan to counter the push for prescriptions, I thought I was mentally prepared for the conversation in which I would politely but firmly decline the Lipitor-type drugs.

Flax Seed Fights Cholesterol

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Ground Golden Flax Seed Helps Lower Cholesterol Levels Thoroughly Grind Golden Flax Seed And Mix It In A Cup of Grape JuiceGround Golden Flax Seed Can Be Sprinkled On SaladsFresh Ground Golden Flax Seed Can Be Mixed Into Yoghurt
Ground Golden Flax Seed Helps Lower Cholesterol Levels
Ground Golden Flax Seed Helps Lower Cholesterol Levels | Source
Thoroughly Grind Golden Flax Seed And Mix It In A Cup of Grape Juice
Thoroughly Grind Golden Flax Seed And Mix It In A Cup of Grape Juice | Source
Ground Golden Flax Seed Can Be Sprinkled On Salads
Ground Golden Flax Seed Can Be Sprinkled On Salads | Source
Fresh Ground Golden Flax Seed Can Be Mixed Into Yoghurt
Fresh Ground Golden Flax Seed Can Be Mixed Into Yoghurt | Source

However, a reading of 311 gave me some serious pause for thought as I sat in the doctor’s office--maybe I needed to rethink everything.

In the doc's infinite wisdom, though, made a mistake by throwing down the gauntlet. “Well, okay,” he said. “I’ll ‘let’ (as if he was in control) you try diet and exercise, but you should know that most people don’t succeed in dropping their cholesterol levels that way.” Hmmm...

He offered no encouragement or advice on how to work on my diet and exercise, only the Lipitor medicine, but my plan had been settled before he finished his sentence. I knew I could double my flax intake, be faithful to my exercise routine, and get the rest I needed.

Most importantly, I could be especially careful about praying, looking to the Lord according to the whole counsel of the Scriptures regarding the stresses, trusting in His way and timing to help with them.

Grind Flax Seed Fresh to Lower Cholesterol

In the middle of working on my experiment of diet and exercise that the doc ‘permitted’ me to begin, I read a hub from Peggy W on the benefit of using ginger to help reduce cholesterol. A little trial and error to get my perfect recipe for a cup of ginger tea and I was able to add a couple of cups per day to my diet.

Not carrying so much of the stress myself, but more faithfully giving it to my Lord, greatly relieved me so I had the energy to increase my exercising. My plan made me feel better no matter what the next test results might turn out to be.

Six weeks came and went, approximately my time hubbing to that point, and the new test results came back. The cholesterol count was, drum roll please, “unheard of” according to the doc.

“I can’t explain it,” he said. His head was shaking in amazement, his hands were out in the air, palms up. Then his eyes narrowed, “The only time we get readings like this is when people don’t fast for one of their tests.” I assured him that I had fasted properly for both tests.


An Authoritative Word on Flax Seed:

The Benefits pf Ground Flax Seed are Surprising!

There was no, “How did you do it?” Not even, “Good job!” I was very happy about the improvement and didn’t realize, at first, that my doc apparently did not believe that I had fasted correctly. If he had asked I would have told him how I had implemented my plan, but he wasn’t interested.

Cholesterol wasn’t my big concern when I went for the initial check-up anyway. I guess a cholesterol evaluation is done in a routine blood test for good measure. It makes me uneasy, though, to get the feeling that they (whoever that is) aren’t looking for real solutions.

Oh, yes, the cholesterol reading? I stunned myself, actually. Sticking to the plan had worked wonders--almost 100 points! From 311 to 223 was pretty good for an amateur!

I was very thankful, to say the least, and the doc couldn’t deny that I didn’t need Lipitor or that I had lost a few pounds. I do wish he had not insinuated that I lied, though.

Still, being more comfortable in dress clothes is a very nice bonus no matter what he thinks, and to know that he could not deny the benefits of ground flax seed makes me smile.




• Ground flax seed helps lower cholesterol levels, though doctors may disagree on how well it works.


• There are more benefits from fresh ground flax seed, including healthy nutrients and fiber.



My Conclusion on Using Fresh Ground Flax Seed to Help Lower Cholesterol?


Could the positive results be from the ground flax seed alone, mostly from the ginger, or was it the entire plan that I implemented? I don’t know for sure.

Since I feel better and have good test results I’ll be continuing with this plan even if the doc doesn't admit that it's working. I'll just keep up the good work and let him run around his own little gerbil wheel!



Below, under More Good for You Info, the first link is for the hub Things to Consider when Buying Flax Seeds. This is an entertaining and excellent look at what is available including a guide for making the important decision of adding the benefits of flax to your diet. Don't miss that read!

Grind Flax Seed in a Dedicated Coffee Grinder:

Important Note:


• Research any products you want to use and discuss them with your doctor before making a decision to take them.

• Research any major changes of lifestyle and discuss them with your doctor before deciding to make them.



Flax Details and Recipes


Using ground flax seed in baked goods is easy and healthy according to nutritional data.

Begin checking out recipes via the following links:

• Easy Chocolate Orange Cake is Egg Free

Flax Seed Replaces Eggs in Baked Goods


Is Flax Seed Oil an Anti-inflammatory Food?

Do You Have Experience Managing Elevated Cholesterol With Flax Seed?

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      RTalloni 16 months ago from the short journey

      vocalcoach:

      Thank you for letting me know that this has been helpful to you. We've found the benefits to be consistent.

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      RTalloni 16 months ago from the short journey

      word55:

      Thank you for stopping in to check out this info on using ground flax seed for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. You are right, a proper overall diet, exercise, and correct rest are a must in order to have optimum health. It all works together, doesn't it?

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      RTalloni 16 months ago from the short journey

      PegCole17:

      Sorry it's taken me so long to say thanks for coming by. I hope you've found the ground flax seed to be useful. Though it's not an over night cure, we've found to consistently meet the need.

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      Audrey Hunt 16 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      I had to come back for a second read on this inspiring hub. Yes, I ve been inspired to use flax seed more often in my diet since visiting your hub. I want you to know I've noticed an improvement in my health. Thanks again.

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      Word 20 months ago from Chicago

      Hello RTalloni, It seems as though you have done as scripture requests of you - Romans 12:1-2. Also, flax seed is a daily requirement. You presented the use of flax seed very well here. I give you lots of credit for respectfully challenging the doctor and working your cholesterol level down. Nobody knows your body better than yourself. I'm glad you took full control of managing your body because that's what I do. However, a healthy diet, exercise and proper rest are huge requirements to maintaining excellent health and living longer. Looking forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      Peg Cole 20 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      I have some flax seeds in my refrigerator right now and will be giving this method a try. Thanks for the encouragement and information.

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      RTalloni 20 months ago from the short journey

      rajan jolly:

      So appreciate that you shared your experience with using ground flax seeds to help others understand how it can be used and how useful it is!

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      RTalloni 20 months ago from the short journey

      gerimcclym:

      Thanks so much for checking out this hub and for letting us know you found the information helpful. Yes, indeed, fresh ground flax seed will give best results. Ginger has so many benefits and I continue to use it. So appreciate your visit!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 20 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I'm not surprised with the results you've got. I have been using a combination of flaxseeds, kalonji (nigella seeds) and sesame seeds (the last in winter only) and have seen my cholesterol counts drop to never before levels though I was just borderline on my cholesterol (around 200). It works wonders and the only exercise I did was the 30 minute walk everyday.

      I take these in my morning glass of milk daily and in the evening once in a while.

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      RTalloni 20 months ago from the short journey

      moonlake:

      Nothing has been able to take its place for me. So glad this reminded you. Thanks much for stopping in!

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      Geri McClymont 20 months ago

      It is, sadly, not surprising that your doctor seemed so eager to medicate you rather than suggesting changes in your diet. Glad to hear you took it upon yourself to lower your cholesterol naturally. Congratulations on the great results! I have been incorporating flaxseed meal into my diet for the past several months, mostly for its omega-3 fatty acid content. I have read that many nutritionists recommend ground flaxseeds or flaxseed meal over whole flaxseeds so that the body can better absorb all the nutrients. After reading your article, I am more motivated to find a way to add ginger to my diet, as I have been hearing a lot about its nutritional benefits. Thanks for such an informative article.

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      moonlake 20 months ago from America

      I have forgotten about flax seed. I once had it in the house all the time and used it in smoothies or put it in my oatmeal. I need to get back to that.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      CrisSp:

      Thanks much for stopping in and letting us hear from you. Sounds like you've got a smart family doc!

      My recent report from the doc was impressive again so I am a happy camper and so is my doc, though he wants to monitor closely since I've had ups and downs with the levels. All things considered after two long-term stresses peaking, then the wind down, I think I'll be able to stay on an even keel with attending to the issue as written about in this hub.

      Am in the process of giving chia a fair trial, and it is easier since it does not need grinding, but am not so sure of all its benefits. I am discovering that there are some differences between the two grains. Will have to see, but at this point I'm missing my flax.

      Am going to try mixing the chia into a cup of juice or applesauce early in the day, setting it in the fridge, then "taking" the prescription of 2 tablespoons in the evening. Flax can be ground and downed immediately, but I find after just 10-15 minutes the chia is still in need of soaking. Both, however, require plenty of water to be effective.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Must pass this to my hubby who's cholesterol level is also borderline. Our family doctor though highly recommend chia seeds and we've been adding chia seeds to our meals since then. We're yet to come back for another check and we'll find out. When we go back, I'll also ask our doctor about incorporating flax seeds in our diet.

      Good, informative hub.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Jackie Lynnley:

      Thanks much for letting us know that this was a good reminder for you. Sure hope your results are positive. It would be great to hear… :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I am going for that dreaded blood work next month so will get going on that flax seed which I already have but have forgotten all about. Will go see if Peggy has a tea recipe too! Thanks so much!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Faith Reaper:

      If you need to lower your numbers and you want to avoid the side effects of prescriptions it is possible to address the issue yourself! So appreciate that you stopped in and would love to hear of your success.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Nancy Owens:

      Yes, that's a photo of our sweet kitty. :) I've just received a new report on on my cholesterol levels and the doc is quite please. We had a good discussion on the need to eat/live a healthily along with using the ground flax seed, then I told him of my switch to chia, which surprised him a little. The benefits seem to be equal. Thanks for sharing how you use flax!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, I must start adding flax seeds to my diet right away as I need to lower my numbers too!

      Really wonderful hub full of useful information for one's health.

      Thank you for sharing.

      Up and away

      God bless you

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      Nancy Owens 2 years ago from USA

      Hello old friend! I have been away for a while and I see you have as well! Thank you for the kind words about my cat and yours. Is that your kitty in the profile photo? About the flax seeds... I believe you about the benefits they have to offer. I like to put them in salads and even dishes like meatloaf and soups sometimes as well.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks very much for adding your experience to this discussion. At the end of the month I'll find out if it has done the trick for me again since my numbers jumped up during a stressful time earlier this year.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      My introduction to flax seed was way back in the late 70's when I started doing aerobic dance exercise classes. Flax seed was "hot" back then. Today, I have very low cholesterol. After reading your hub I am now convinced that flax seed probably played a big part in keeping my cholesterol low.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      ezzly:

      Thanks very much! We've had continued success and have come to appreciate this little seed as an alternative to prescriptions.

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Wow thanks for this tip ! Great article voted up and sharing !

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      pstraubie48:

      Thanks so much for letting me know that an article helped you begin using flax seed in your diet and that it is continuing to help you surprise your doc! :) :) :) Also for using this comment section to let others know of your success. It really does work!

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      Great hub ! Wonderful information , I am going to look at flax seed in a new way . Thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I just noticed this in the feed again and thought that I would check back in with you. You are getting some great comments from others who are using the ground flax seeds. I have never tried planting them so did not know about the pretty blue flowers. Love learning things like that from not only reading original hubs...but also reading the various comments. Sharing this hub again.

      Doctors should pay more attention to using natural methods over first reaching for that prescription pad! Prescriptions should be the last resort if all else fails in my opinion. As you pointed out, the side effects of drugs can be quite serious.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      I honestly do not remember if I read this...it seems I may have. But it was because of an article on flaxseed that I began using it in my diet. I am so thankful for the knowledge as I no longer take 'meds' to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and while my Doctor is not sure if he wants to admit it is from the flaxseed, I know.

      Sharing and voting up and pinning to Awesome HubPages

      Angels are on the way to you today ps

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      dghbrh:

      Yes, you are correct. Consuming junk food does indeed diminish the benefits of healthy foods. One does not cancel the other out, but the combination is hardly worth the effort. Eating strictly nutritional foods are a major factor in maintaining or improving health. Appreciate that you stopped in!

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      deergha 2 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      You are rite absolutely here. With consumption of junk food the effect of Flax seed decreases i think. Thank you.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      DabbleYou:

      Thanks for your visit and for leaving your positive response on what you learned about flax seed here!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      dghbrh:

      Thanks so much for your visit and positive response. I'm glad to report that the effects of flax seed continue to keep me off the docs prescriptions--that and taking care to take care of myself with nutrition and exercise, of course. It does not help much if we eat junk food, does it?!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      AudreyHowitt:

      Appreciate that you stopped by!

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      DabbleYou 2 years ago

      Good information. I didn't know that. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      deergha 2 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      I am a great fan of flax seed .....thanks for sharing this one. Shared and votes way up.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      So good to know!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      ologsinquito:

      Yes, a coffee grinder does a fine job, and I don't mind using the same one for some of my herbs, though others may want a dedicated grinder. I definitely would not use the grinder for my coffee when grinding my flax or herbs. That one is most certainly dedicated! Thanks much for stopping by.

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      Wow, what encouraging results you achieved through flax seed! Congratulations! I didn't realize ginger tea could reduce cholesterol, too. I somehow missed that hub of Peggy W's. I'll have to go back and read it. That's so typical of a doctor not to be interested in natural remedies when Lipitor has so many terrible side effects! Thank you for sharing. I hope I won't need this information someday for myself or my husband, but will definitely keep it in mind for friends who have high cholesterol.

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      vandynegl 3 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Thanks for sharing your story! I personally think you should change doctors. It is sad that he is so closed minded, but many of them are trained that way.

      Now, on to the flax seed! I have been using flax seed daily for the last 5 years. I choose Bob's Red Mill ground flax seed brand. Mostly I use it on oatmeal, with a VERY generous amount. At least 3 table spoons. It is the best part of my day. In addition to the flax seed, I green juice with wheatgrass and aloe juice, eat vegetarian (mostly vegan) and exercise about 3 days a week. My bloodwork is excellent.

      Flax seed should NOT be cooked and the oil should not be heated. It becomes rancid and loses it's nutrient value.

      Flax has anti inflammatory agents and is valuable to not just cholesterol, but any disease that is inflammatory (which is just about everything from arthritis to diabetes). It has phytonutrients, which are excellent for regulating hormones and have benefits toward protecting against certain cancers. Of course, we can't forget that flax seeds are in the Omega 3 category, so it has great heart health benefits. Fiber in flax is also a good plus for a well running digestive system.

      To get the full benefits, one should consume a minimum of 2 tablespoons a day of ground flax seeds. Smoothies, yogurts, cereals, are the best ways since the small seeds are all consumed. Again, no heat. Keep the flax stored in a cool dark place. Ground flax should be in the fridge.

      Thanks for the article!

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      Flax seed is wonderful. If you are eating ground flax, which is recommended, you really do need a coffee grinder, such as the one shown above.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      VioletteRose:

      One of the great things about using ground flax seed is that besides being able to eat when quickly mixed into yogurt or applesauce, or to drink it down when mixed in juice, it makes a wonderfully nutritious addition to muffins and many desserts. Thanks for stopping in with your comment!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Barbara Kay:

      I've seen the reports on how ground flax seed is useful to diabetics so it would be great to hear about his experience. Please leave us a note here, and if you write about the topic let me know so I can link it to this hub.

      Thanks much for stopping in with your comment!

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      Great hub, I add ground flax seeds to my food whenever possible. As I am a vegetarian who can't depend on fishes to get omega 3, flax seeds is a great alternative!

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      Barbara Badder 3 years ago from USA

      My son has been using this, but he is doing it for his diabetes. I'll have to ask him if it is helping.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Jackie Lynnley:

      Good for you, but definitely in a salad it should be ground well. Actually, I would eat it always ground, or softened in juice before consuming (but the amount of time it should be softened is hotly debated).

      You may find that ground flax seed works as well for your cholesterol as it does for ours. We find that it is consistently very useful for this purpose, as well as providing various other benefits.

      Thanks much for checking this hub out. Maybe we'll hear more about how flax seed helps you stay healthy? :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have flax seed almost daily in salad; do you think it needs to be ground to get the benefits? I got my Cholesterol down too not to have to take Lipitor but I would sure like to be eating something like this knowing it is going to keep it down.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      adrienne2:

      I hope you can start using ground flax very soon! Be sure to use golden flax and to grind it well. Maybe you can let us know how it goes. Thanks much for stopping in and letting me hear from you!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Keeley Shea:

      It is very easy to incorporate fresh ground flax seed into your diet and I hope you are able to enjoy the benefits soon. Thanks much for coming by with your input!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      PegCole17:

      I agree, avoiding pharmaceuticals is a top priority! I just recently read more info on the side effects of statins--it's shocking! Reading up on that has been another encouragement to me to keep up with my method, and besides, using ground flax seed has many other benefits!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Dolores Monet:

      Just last week I had another good report after paying more attention to doing what I know will help so I am encouraged to continue improving my efforts. :)

      The lovely blue flowers are indeed delight of flax! Wouldn't they be pretty in a salad? I guess they would be edible…must check just out of curiosity.

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      Adrienne F Manson 4 years ago from Atlanta

      Thanks a million! I have been trying to get my cholestoral down without medication for the longest. I am definately going to try the flax seed. With a cholestoral count at 300, has me unnerved! Voted up!

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      Keeley Shea 4 years ago from Norwich, CT

      Great Article! My boyfriend just started using flax seed. I wasn't that interested in trying it but after reading your very informative article I may just give it a try!

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Amazing information and I will be incorporating this product into my diet. Any natural product than can help avoid pharmaceutical solutions is a good thing. Thank you so much and good luck on your continued success with lowering your cholesterol.

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      Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      What an amazing story! I do not have high colesterol (can't even spell it) but was eating flax seed for some time. I had simply forgotten about it, and this hub reminds me to get some. It's cheap and easy to find. Plus, you can plant some of the seeds for a lovely crop of beautiful blue flowers! (Voted & shared)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      JayeWisdom:

      Thanks for your input here. I was waiting on today's appointment to come and go before answering your comment so I could report on my latest experience.

      I wasn't sure what the ldl level test report would be because I had not taken care, but had been on again/off again with what I knew would help. Once again I had improved my flax intake, exercise, etc. but life got in the way of sticking to it and test time rolled around before I knew it. Anyway, the doc was so pleased with the 46 point drop in the ldl that he actually asked what I was doing and what he could do to make sure I continued it on a regular basis! However, when I mention the flax he was not impressed with my regime. At least he did not make any disparaging remarks. What could he argue with? His tests (not that I count too much on them) gave the report. Now, I need to just do what I know I'm supposed to do and be consistent with the good work. :)

      I sure hope you find that adding the fresh ground flax seed to your other efforts will be the answer to getting off of the statin drug. If you are able, let us know. If you write about how it works out, let me know so I can link it here. Thanks again for your visit and comment!

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      This is good and timely information for me. I want to stop taking the statin drug that my doctor insisted on, and it's nearly time for my annual checkup. Wouldn't it be great if I could lower my bad cholesterol numbers naturally and throw that prescription away? (So many medications have the potential for bad side effects.)

      During the years when I was a total vegetarian or (later) a vegan, my cholesterol numbers were always normal. I began eating organic eggs from free-range hens (a couple per week, and not always both yolks) plus fish twice a week at the insistent advice of my doctor. Then my cholesterol level inched upward and she prescribed a statin. I still eat mainly veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds and whole grains, though I know I don't get enough exercise due to mobility problems. I'd like to improve my cholesterol status naturally.

      Voted Up, Useful and Interesting

      Jaye

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Excellent article that reinforces that lifestyle changes should be attempted first before medicine that has side effects that are often harmful. I didn't realize that one of the benefits of flax seed is lowering cholesterol in addition to so many other great benefits. My husband had high cholesterol and his doctor told him it was "impossible" to lower it through diet and exercise. He gave up all sugar and processed foods and added a million vegetables and his cholesterol was normal when he was retested. His doctor never asked what he did either and said the diet couldn't be responsible for the change. Maybe doctors will catch on one day.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      This is fascinating information about your success lowering your cholesterol with flax seed. I have heard that it was good for you, but I didn't realize it could make such a dramatic difference. Thanks for sharing! Voted Up!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      pstraubie48:

      Flax seed oil can be helpful, but I don't use it because it is missing some of the benefits of the whole ground seed and because it easily becomes rancid.

      I'll be getting a new report in a couple of weeks and am wondering whether I've been faithful enough to my program. Stupid not to really stick with it, but I sometimes get sidetracked… :)

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      So I really would like to try this. Is flax seed oil ok and if so how much?

      I have read articles on this before but have never been quite sure what to use. Thanks for sharing this and congratulations on your home remedy. Dr's really don't want us to know as much as we do...that has been learned through experience.

      Have a lovely afternoon....More

      Angels are on the way :) ps

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      beingwell:

      Very much appreciate that you came back with a report!

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Hi again, rtalloni! Just want to let you know that I'm loving flax seed in my diet. Thanks to your hub that encouraged me to try them. Sharing!!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Deborah-Diane:

      Thanks for letting me know that this info was helpful to you. I'm due for a recheck soon and I've only been half good about sticking with the flax seed lately… Don't know what kind of report I'll have, but you've reminded me to get on top of the program!!!

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Great information about flax seed. I had no idea it was so good for us. I eat a little, but will try to increase the amount now that I have read your article.

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      rasta1:

      It is, indeed, very good for us!

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Flax seed has a great mix of omega 3's to omega 6's. The best you could ever digest.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      starstream:

      I'm needing to get back on track with the right foods after the holidays and I'm already working on my cholesterol again. I can't let the doc down… :)

      Thanks for coming by with your input!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Happyboomernurse:

      Thanks very much for checking this hub out and for letting me know that the info was helpful to you!

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      Dreamer at heart 4 years ago from Northern California

      Great ! I love it that you were able to improve your readings with diet. Flax seeds are a real plus. I buy the pumpkin flax cereal and add it as a topping to my daily bowl of cheerios. What a positive article. Now to get going again on the ginger tea too.

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Great article about the cholesterol lowering effects of flax seed. Although I have been able to keep my cholesterol levels in a normal range without the use of statins, I am always looking for natural ways to ensure it stays okay.

      I have never tried flax seed, but have been inspired to do so after reading this article.

      Thanks for sharing this valuable info. Voted up across the board except for funny and shared.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Sinea Pies:

      Well, it was indeed an important discovery for me, though flax seed has many amazing attributes. Thanks bunches for stopping in with your feedback!

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      Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Very helpful hub! I knew that flax seed was good for you but was never clear on what it exactly did. This is a biggie!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Peggy W:

      Thanks very much for letting me know that this continues to be helpful to you, and for all of your feedback re this info on reducing cholesterol.

      Addressing health issues with lifestyle/exercise/diet changes is going to become more and more important as health care changes in our society, but even so, it's always the smartest way to deal with health concerns when possible.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Came back to reread this article about the benefits of incorporating flax seeds into our diets. This time will share! More people need to know information like this!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      beingwell:

      Thanks much for letting me know that this flax seed info was helpful to you, and for all of your feedback!

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Shared and voted this one up! I'm a fan of nuts and seeds; so this hub just encourage me more to add them in my daily meals.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      girishpuri:

      Thank you for letting me know that this information is helpful to you.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Great tip about Flax seeds, which i was not aware, thank you so much.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Eiddwen:

      Thanks for checking out this info on using ground flax seed to deal with cholesterol problems.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and useful thank you for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      alocsin:

      You are right, the taste is a neutral/nutty taste, but even if it didn't taste okay, I would still use it as a prescription. It's a far better choice to me than the official meds that docs prescribe, which I hope we never have to use!

      Thanks much for stopping in with your comment.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Sounds like a great addition to those of us who are trying to lower our cholesterol. I assume it has a fairly neutral, or at least a nutty, taste? Voting this Up and Useful.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Millionaire Tips:

      Using it regularly is the key, and the hard part because we are used to variety! I try to look at as a prescription that I must take in order to avoid having to have a prescription. Dressing it up sometimes by putting it in baked goods helps and adds flair to ordinary breads, etc., but it's not the same as having a daily prescription that is key to solving the problem.

      Thanks much for taking a look at this hub's info!

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Wow, it is nice to have a real life example of a natural remedy that actually works. I have some flax seed here, but haven't been using it regularly. I will be using it more often from now on. I'll add ginger as well. Voted up.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      pstraubie48:

      Thanks for letting me know that this hub on lowering cholesterol is helpful to you!

      Just last week my cholesterol was reviewed by this same doc. I thought it would be up a little, and so it was, but he agreed more easily to checking them again in 4 months to see if I could get them down again. He definitely did not want, however, to discuss the details. :)

      I'm now on a mission to do it again--right here at the holidays! :-] However, that may be just what I need to avoid that holiday weight gain we will all have if we are not careful. I'm stepping up exercise and being more careful to use the ground flax seed daily, increasing the use of ginger and going to do more research on other foods to help lower cholesterol. (Just read a bit about palm heart but need to do more research.)

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning...This is a beneficial article. I have read quite a bit about flax seed's benefits and now reading this about lowering cholesterol will be another reason to use it in my food prep. I have not ground it to use. Actually I add the seeds to a breakfast drink I make. But I will get a grinder and try your plan. Thank you for sharing this.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Hyphenbird:

      I'm so glad you were able to share this info with your friend who needs to lower her cholesterol numbers. Thank you for checking this hub out and for adding your input to these comments!

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      My best friend has high cholesterol levels. I have been at her for years to go natural rather than adding one more drug to her routine. I just sent her an email with a link to this hub. I am inspired and hope she will be also. I truly believe God has given us all we need to heal ourselves. I have been using flax seed for the health benefits alone but knowing about the effect on cholesterol makes it even more vital. Thank you!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      livingsta:

      Thanks kindly for stopping by and for your input on this info about lowering high cholesterol.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      rajan jolly:

      Thanks very much, both for your input here and for linking this to yours on flax seed. Yours is now linked to this one and I'll be going back to read it again more thoroughly.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, great to hear this. Thank you for sharing your own experience, it will for sure motivate hundreds of people out there!

      Voted up and sharing!!!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This is awesome feedback. I have always maintained that natural remedies do work. We just need to have more faith in them. Thanks for making a hub about your flaxseed experience.

      Voted up, useful and awesome. I'm linking your hub to mine on flaxseeds.

      Voted up, useful and sharing.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      lindacee:

      "With great abandon" puts it just right! An alternative to doctors, tests, and meds when possible is the very best way to manage our health care. We can take more care of ourselves than most people seem to think. We need to be careful not to put off having a doctor check on symptoms that are concerning, but when the tests come back showing a problem that can be changed with lifestyle adjustments--diet and exercise, for instance--why would anyone choose a pill with unwanted side effects?!

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Arizona

      Awesome results! There are so many things we can do nutritionally to improve our health without having to rely on drugs that the doctors seem to prescribe with great abandon. It would be nice to find a doctor that had faith in alternative treatments. If I every get a high cholesterol reading I'll try the flax seed regimen. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Redberry Sky:

      I do recommend giving a concentrated effort with flax a try. If they do this, maybe you could let us know the results.

      Thanks much for coming by and letting me know that you found this interesting. I hope it is as helpful to your friends as it has been to me!

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      Redberry Sky 5 years ago

      This is really interesting information, I have a couple of older friends who have high cholesterol, and their doctors have given them a couple of things to do to lower their cholesterol (like eating more fruit and exercising) but their levels have only reduced a little. I'll tell them to check flax out (and check this Hub out!) to see if they can try flax like you did and bring their levels down.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      saranyasprasanth:

      Thanks for checking out this hub on lowering cholesterol by using flax seed.

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      Saranya Prasanth 5 years ago from Thiruvananthapuram

      Useful information

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      eddy4me:

      Thanks for your input on this flax hub!

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      Eddy Jones 5 years ago from Wales.

      Very interesting and also useful for many I am sure. Thanks for sharing.

      Eddy.