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10/30/07 6:57 P

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I'll try it and have the doctor monitor my progress.
I just don't want to have to take cholesterol medication.
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I still have to take it because I have what they call CAD, Coronary Artery Disease. In other words clogged arteries. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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10/29/07 12:04 P

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Christina,
Since you're not on regular blood thinners...

One way to find out about the flaxseed is talk to your doctor, and have him monitor your progess while you try it out! Nothing to lose except the cholesterol--as long as your doctor is aware of any possible risks!

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Hi Bunny. Thank you for the info. I was planning on taking flaxseed but after reading your article I decided I shouldn't.
Thanks again. Mary

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10/29/07 8:19 A

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My doctor recommended I take an aspirin a day to thin my blood, so if I was to take flaxseed I might not need to the aspirin, may not be good to take both. I had thought about taking it in my oatmeal, but had not decided yet last weekend when I saw it at CVS. I am still wondering if it would help me.

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I am a RN and our patients who are on coumadin (blood thinner), and also took flax seed always had fluctuating blood levels(PT/INR). We would sometimes have to test those people once to twice a week instead of once a month, which was risky since they could bleed easily and if they didn't have the blood tests, they could become toxic. So I am weary with flax seed. I bleed easily and I don't need anymore bruises. If you are on blood thinners, talk with your doctor first before trying the flax seed to see if the benefits outweigh the risks.

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Thank You Thank You very very much.. I just bought a box last week and have not used it yet and will not after reading this as I am on blood thinners and have U.C.and just put on life time meds for it. plus I have a hiatal hernia,. thank you for taking time to look it up and posting it.Take care Brenda emoticon emoticon

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10/28/07 11:13 P

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I just went to ask.com and asked if flaxseed can thin your blood? Here is one of the answers. READ CAREFULLY.

Q: I've heard that people are adding flaxseed to their diets. What benefits can it provide?

A: In Canada, over the past several years, consumers have been turning to flaxseed, not only for its pleasant nutty flavor but also for its many health benefits. Lately, here in the United States, its popularity is skyrocketing.

This is due to the many essential nutrients flaxseed contributes to one's diet. These nutrients include protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, and soluble and insoluble fiber, all of which are linked to reducing the risk of various diseases. These diseases include breast, endometrial, prostate and colon cancers, and heart disease.

The oil in flaxseed has been the subject of a great deal of research. The fat in this grain contains a mixture of the three fats required in our diet.

This heart-healthy mixture includes low amounts of saturated fat, moderate amounts of monounsaturated fat, and high amounts of polyunsaturated fats.

Flaxseed also contains two essential fatty acids, linolenic and linoleic, both needed for growth, development, and the repair of body tissues.

Linolenic is part of the group of fatty acids called omega-3s, which have been shown to modify several of the risk factors for coronary heart disease, including reducing triglycerides and blood pressure. Linoleic is a member of the group of essential fatty acids called omega-6s, which are needed by all mammals. Omega-6 deficiency symptoms include dry hair, hair loss and poor wound healing.

The fiber in flaxseed provides about two-thirds water-insoluble and one-third water-soluble.

While insoluble fiber helps to relieve constipation, soluble fiber has positive effects on maintaining appropriate blood sugar and lowering blood cholesterol levels.

The protein portion of flaxseed is similar to that of the protein in soybean flour and is particularly rich in the mineral potassium. Other minerals it contains include: magnesium, iron, copper and zinc.

Flaxseed can be purchased either whole or milled (ground). The use will determine the form you will want to use.

To relieve constipation, the recommendation is 1 tablespoon of whole flaxseeds and 2/3 cup of water up to three times per day. You should also drink plenty of noncaffeinated beverages (caffeinated beverages are dehydrating) throughout the day.

The reason for this is that increasing fiber without increasing water can lead to further constipation.

To help in the fight against cancer and heart disease, it is best to consume flaxseed in the ground form.

This can easily be done by purchasing the whole seed and grinding it in a coffee bean grinder, blender or food processor. (Do not use the same grinder you use to grind coffee beans. You will need to purchase a new grinder to be used specifically for flaxseed.)

The recommended intake of ground flaxseed is 1/2 to 1 teaspoon three times per day.

You can simply add it to homemade baked goods, sprinkle it on yogurt, cereal and salads, or purchase breads and muffins containing it.

There are some storage recommendations. Whole seeds can be stored at room temperature for up to one year, while ground seeds must be placed it in an airtight, opaque container and can be refrigerated for up to 90 days.

Once the seed is ground, there is a greater risk of it developing an off flavor or rancid taste. That's why it's best to buy your seed whole and grind it as you use it.

Be aware that flaxseed can thin the blood. Be cautious if you are taking prescription blood thinners or other supplements that thin the blood.

Flaxseed can also affect the absorption of medications. Therefore, take flaxseed one hour before or two hours after meals.

In addition, take your flaxseed with food since it increases its absorption into the bloodstream.

If you are experiencing a narrowing in your esophagus or any other part of your gastrointestinal area and/or have an acute inflammation of the esophagus, stomach or intestine, avoid the use of flaxseed.

You can find useful tips about flaxseed, including nutrition information and recipes, at the Flax Council Web site at www.flaxcouncil.ca.
First published on July 27, 2006 at 12:00 am
Mary Alice Gettings and Cindy Javor are registered dietitians who work for Penn State Cooperative Extension. If you have a question about nutrition, you can reach Ms. Gettings in Beaver County at 724-774-3003 and Ms. Javor in Allegheny County at 412-473-2540.
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What is Irish Oatmeal? I make regular Oatmeal in the morning. I have also heard about flaxseed, but I bleed easy already and I was under the impression that flaxseed thinned out your blood.

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after initially going down with my weight loss, it went back up twenty points after nearing goal weight and after heavy exercise regiman. and during this timem ny cholesterol intake was under 150 per day. go figure!! I am yalking about ldl my other numbers are good

 
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Hi Tonkacat. Sometimes cholesterol is high because of genes. Lots of exercise helps bring high cholesterol down. Flaxseeds and oatmeal are good. Lots of fruit and veggies. Advoid animal products. Hope this helps.
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Mine is the same and it is genetically linked. I also use lots of fresh vegetables and fruit and Irish oatmeal to help with my cholesterol. Usually when the bad cholesterol is OK and the good cholesterol is high they cancel each other out - I think you doctor is erring on the side of caution. Are you also taking Omega 3-6-9 which is also good for cholesterol, and the heart?


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My cholesterol levels were always normal, but after losing 80 pounds, it jumped from 182 to 318! My good cholesterol was high (a good thing) and my bad cholesterol was okay, but the total cholesterol was off the wall. My doctor had me repeat my tests in 6 weeks only to find it the same. Now I am on Vytorin and will probably live on it the rest of my life. He thinks it is genetics. My parents both had high cholesterol along with my sister, who is not overweight.

I try low cholesterol diets and take niacin daily, but I have to take Vytorin just to get it down to 198. I would appreciate any other ideas.

Thanks!

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