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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.

The effects of elevated blood glucose and what you can do about it.

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Elevated blood glucose induces what is called non-enzymatic glycation of proteins, yielding advanced glycation end-products (AGEs).

This happens when the glucose reacts with proteins in the body.

It leads to tissue damage.

We have receptors for AGEs and one type is associated with oxidative stress and inflammation.

In other words, we end up with both increased oxidative stress and inflammation when we have elevated blood glucose.

We also have another type of receptors which are involved in detoxification and clearance of AGEs.

Research has been done in this area to see if anything could affect these processes.

In the liver, AGEs can activate certain cells which through several steps can lead to fibrosis of the liver. That’s not a good thing. 

One study found that curcumin could eliminate the effect of AGEs on these cells (Tang Y, Chen A, 2014).

This through some other steps elevate the level of cellular glutathione, leading to a reduction in oxidative stress.

This research indicates that by taking curcumin you may be able to greatly reduce the side effects of high glucose levels.

By also taking glutathione, you may be able to protect yourself even more.

The best thing would, of course, be to avoid walking around with high blood glucose levels in the first place.

You also need to remember that curcumin is not well absorbed, you need a formula with improved absorption.

When it comes to glutathione, you need a formula containing S-Acetyl Glutathione which gets into the cells, since regular glutathione is oxidized (destroyed) in the stomach.

Tang Y1, Chen A1. Curcumin eliminates the effect of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) on the divergent regulation of gene expression of receptors of AGEs by interrupting leptin signaling. Lab Invest. 2014 May;94(5):503-16. doi: 10.1038/labinvest.2014.42. Epub 2014 Mar 10.


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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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See what pistachio nuts can do for you.

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Roasted pistachio nuts seed with shellIf you want a quick healthy snack, then pistachio nuts would be a good choice.

The reviewed research had diabetic patients either assigned to a group receiving 25 g of pistachio nuts twice a day as a snack or a control meal without nuts(Parham M, et al. 2014).

After 12 weeks the participants had a washout period of 8 weeks before the groups were switched.

The results showed that eating pistachios decreased HbA1c (a long-term measure of glucose control) as well as fasting blood glucose. Eating the nuts also reduced systolic blood pressure, body mass index and CRP an inflammatory marker.

Nuts are a much better choice than so called nutrition bars if you want a snack.

 

 

 
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.

Elevated levels of common lab test associated with increased risk for Alzheimer's.

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img_salad_steakThere is no single test available at the time to specifically diagnose Alzheimer’s disease or to only show the risk for it. New research, however, indicates that a common test like fasting glucose may tell us something about the risk (Burns CM, et al. 2014).

When regional cerebral metabolic rate for glucose in brain regions usually affected by Alzheimer disease was measured, a correlation with fasting glucose levels was found. Higher fasting glucose levels in cognitively normal, non diabetic adults were correlated with lower regional cerebral metabolic rate.

This means that higher fasting glucose levels may be associated with the pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease and increase the risk for this disease.

What is the solution? A diet consisting of high nutrient, low glycemic index food, exercise and meditation for better handling of stress. This type of lifestyle will also reduce the risk for all other chronic conditions as well.

 

 

 

Burns CM1, Chen K, Kaszniak AW, Lee W, Alexander GE, Bandy D, Fleisher AS, Caselli RJ, Reiman EM.Higher serum glucose levels are associated with cerebral hypometabolism in Alzheimer regions. Neurology. 2013 Apr 23;80(17):1557-64. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e31828f17de. Epub 2013 Mar 27.