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3 Important Benefits of Flax Seeds

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One of the impressive health benefits of flax seeds is the ability to decrease blood pressure (Rodriguez-Leyva D, et.al., 2013).

In a double-blinded, placebo-controlled study, 30 g of flax seeds daily for 6 months reduced the systolic blood pressure of 10 mm Hg and the diastolic blood pressure with 7 mm Hg.

 This is as good as some blood pressure medications, and instead of side-effects, you get even additional benefits.

13 g of flax seeds daily has shown to decrease blood glucose and insulin and improve insulin sensitivity in obese individuals with pre-diabetes (Hutchins AM, et.al., 2013).

Flax seeds can also lower cholesterol. 

In just 7 days a drink made of flax seeds lowered total cholesterol by 12% and LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) 15% (Kristensen M, et.al., 2012).

Even if many people are not aware of these health benefits, it’s been known for a long time that flax seeds can reduce total cholesterol, LDL and decrease the blood glucose after a meal (Cunnane SC, et.al., 1993).

 

It is very important to keep the blood glucose in a good range even after a meal, it is not enough to only have good fasting blood glucose.

I recommend grinding 2 tablespoons of flax seeds in a coffee grinder and put them in a glass with water, stir it and drink it thick. You can of course also sprinkle it on food, like a salad if you prefer.

 

References

Cunnane, S. C., Ganguli, S., Menard, C., Liede, A. C., Hamadeh, M. J., Chen, Z. Y., … & Jenkins, D. J. (1993). High α-linolenic acid flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum): some nutritional properties in humansBritish Journal of Nutrition69(2), 443-453.

Hutchins, A. M., Brown, B. D., Cunnane, S. C., Domitrovich, S. G., Adams, E. R., & Bobowiec, C. E. (2013). Daily flaxseed consumption improves glycemic control in obese men and women with pre-diabetes: a randomized study. Nutrition research33(5), 367-375.

Kristensen, M., Jensen, M. G., Aarestrup, J., Petersen, K. E., Søndergaard, L., Mikkelsen, M. S., & Astrup, A. (2012). Flaxseed dietary fibers lower cholesterol and increase fecal fat excretion, but the magnitude of the effect depends on food typeNutrition & Metabolism9(1), 8.

Rodriguez-Leyva, D., Weighell, W., Edel, A. L., LaVallee, R., Dibrov, E., Pinneker, R., … & Pierce, G. N. (2013). Potent Antihypertensive Action of Dietary Flaxseed in Hypertensive PatientsNovelty and Significance. Hypertension62(6), 1081-1089.

These specific foods will increase your risk for depression.

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When 87,618 postmenopausal women were evaluated for depression and 69,954 were rechecked 3 years later, it was found that food with a progressively higher glycemic index was associated with increasing odds of depression (Gangwisch JE, et al. 2015).

The glycemic index is a measurement of how high a specific food will elevate the blood glucose when compared with glucose or white bread.

The higher the glycemic index of a food, the higher it will raise the blood glucose.

Higher consumption of fiber, non-juice fruit and vegetables were significantly associated with lower odds of depression, while refined grain consumption was associated with increased odds of depression.

If you have not already done so, start to implement a program where you eat high nutrient, low glycemic index food.

Don’t keep high glycemic index food in your refrigerator.

 

Learn to Eat:  Recommendations that work. This is not a regular diet program.

 
Gangwisch JE1, Hale L2, Garcia L3, Malaspina D4, Opler MG4, Payne ME5, Rossom RC6, Lane D7. High glycemic index diet as a risk factor for depression: analyses from the Women’s Health Initiative. Am J Clin Nutr. 2015 Jun 24. pii: ajcn103846. [Epub ahead of print]
 

Carbohydrates that improve insulin sensitivity

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All carbohydrates are not the same.  Making a few changes will make a big difference.

When normal participants in this study ate 50 g of either 8 varieties of dried legumes (beans, lentils) or 24 common foods drawn from grains, cereals and pasta, breakfast cereals, biscuits and tuberous vegetables, this is what happened (Jenkins DJ, et al. 1980).

The participants who ate the beans had at least an average of 45% lower rise in blood glucose than those who ate the other foods.

This is not the only thing that you can expect.

Half a cup of pinto beans a day for 8 weeks significantly reduced triglycerides and LDL cholesterol in study participants when compared to eating black-eyed peas or carrots (Winham DM, et al. 2007).

This is what you should do to reduce your blood glucose and improve your glucose insulin metabolism and improve markers for heart disease.

Every time you would eat grains, instead eat beans or lentils.
This is not difficult, it is a way to do this which makes it simple.

Next time I will explain how you also can use three ingredients to significantly lower you blood glucose.

 

Learn to Eat:  Recommendations that work. This is not a regular diet program.

 

Jenkins DJ, Wolever TM, Taylor RH, Barker HM, Fielden H. Exceptionally low blood glucose response to dried beans: comparison with other carbohydrate foods. Br Med J. 1980 Aug 30;281(6240):578-80.
Winham DM, Hutchins AM, Johnston CS. Pinto bean consumption reduces biomarkers for heart disease risk. J Am Coll Nutr. 2007 Jun;26(3):243-9.

Reduce your blood glucose level eating this snack.

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pistachio nutsYou don’t have to have diabetes to benefit from better blood sugar control.

The reviewed research showed that sometimes it doesn’t have to be very difficult(Parham M, et al. 2014).

 

The participants of this study had type 2 diabetes. One group was given 25g of pistachio nuts as snacks twice a day for 12 weeks while the other group was given a control meal without nuts.

After 12 weeks the groups were switched so the group that got the test meal now received the nuts.

The pistachio nuts reduced fasting blood glucose, HbA1c (a measurement of long term glucose control), blood pressure, BMI (body mass index) and CRP an inflammatory marker.

All this from just eating some nuts.

 

 
Parham M1, Heidari S2, Khorramirad A2, Hozoori M3, Hosseinzadeh F1, Bakhtyari L4, Vafaeimanesh J1. Effects of pistachio nut supplementation on blood glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes: a randomized crossover trial. Rev Diabet Stud. 2014 Summer;11(2):190-6. doi: 10.1900/RDS.2014.11.190. Epub 2014 Aug 10.

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Surprising way artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance.

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Artificial sweeteners are used as an additive in both beverages, as well as food, to improve taste since most people prefer a sweet taste.
 

sweeteners picSince these sweeteners contain very few calories, they are also popular in diet beverages and diet foods. They are even used in products marketed to people with diabetes and promoted as a good alternative to sugar.

This seems to be a big mistake according to the reviewed research(Suez J, et al. 2014).
The results demonstrated that consumption of these sweeteners are causing glucose intolerance because they alter the composition of the intestinal bacterial flora in a negative way.
These results have been reproduced in both humans and mice.

The last thing you want to do is to consume a substance that will make you more glucose intolerant. This is very important for diabetics, but also for non diabetics because you don’t want to develop diabetes.

 

 

Suez J, Korem T, Zeevi D, Zilberman-Schapira G, Thaiss CA, Maza O, Israeli D, Zmora N, Gilad S, Weinberger A, Kuperman Y, Harmelin A, Kolodkin-Gal I, Shapiro H, Halpern Z, Segal E, Elinav E. Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota. Nature. 2014 Sep 17. doi: 10.1038/nature13793. [Epub ahead of print]

Your gastrointestinal bacterias may influence your blood sugar.

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A lot has been written about the bacterial flora of the gastrointestinal tract lately and how it can affect other areas of the body.
 

TabletThe reviewed research evaluated the effects of seven strains of friendly bacterias and how they may affect insulin sensitivity(Eslamparast T, et al. 2014).
 

Participants with the metabolic syndrome were given capsules containing 200 million of seven strains of friendly bacterias twice a day for 28 weeks.

Fasting blood sugar and insulin resistance improved significantly in the treatment group.

While we don’t know all the friendly bacterias yet, we know that quite a few can be beneficial to take. When you are traveling, it can be a good idea to bring a pro-biotic which does not require refrigeration since this may also help to prevent gastrointestinal problems if you are exposed to bacterias you are not used to.

 

 

 

Eslamparast T, Zamani F, Hekmatdoost A, Sharafkhah M, Eghtesad S, Malekzadeh R, Poustchi H.  Effects of synbiotic supplementation on insulin resistance in subjects with the metabolic syndrome: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study.  Br J Nutr. 2014 Aug;112(3):438-45. doi: 10.1017/S0007114514000919. Epub 2014 May 22.