Flax Seed Lowers Cholesterol: Amaze Your Doctor!
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.
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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!
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