Oil Changes: The Final Chapter
Over the last two weeks (in “Oil Changes: Part 1” and “Part 2”) we’ve explored several different kinds of edible oils and hopefully expanded your horizons a little. I’m going to wrap things up on oils this week with a look at two other oils that you may or may not be familiar with. Let’s start off with flaxseed oil. Where does this oil come from? The flax plant, of course. Flax is an ancient plant, dating back to the Stone Age. Flax fibers are used to make paper and fabric. Artists use linseed oil, which is derived from flaxseed, in oil paint. You may have heard or read a lot about flaxseed and its health benefits. Flaxseed oil is rich in an essential fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA for short. ALA has two other cousins, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These three fatty acids are omega-3 fatty acids, which you may know better as fish oils (although ALA isn’t found in fish). Omega-3 fatty acids have heart-health benefits, as they have been shown to help lower triglyceride levels, lower blood pressure, prevent irregular heartbeats, and reduce the risk of heart attack. In addition, they can also help reduce inflammation in the body and therefore help improve symptoms of certain inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. Omega-3 fatty acids play an essential role in the behavioral and cognitive development of infants and children, too. Unlike omega-3’s, omega-6 fatty acids (found in most vegetable oils) may actually promote inflammation in the body. Therefore, it’s important to get the right balance of omega-3’s and omega-6’s. Nutrition experts recommend we aim for 2–4 times more omega-6’s than omega-3’s. The problem is that the typical American diet contains mor Continue reading >>
The Effect Of Flaxseed Powder On Insulin Resistance Indices And Blood Pressure In Prediabetic Individuals: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial
Published online 2016 Sep 1. doi: 10.4103/1735-1995.189660 The effect of flaxseed powder on insulin resistance indices and blood pressure in prediabetic individuals: A randomized controlled clinical trial Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, International Campus, Yazd, Iran 1Department of Nutrition, Health Faculty, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran 2Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd Diabetic Research Center, Yazd, Iran 3Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran 4Department of Nutrition, Nutrition Faculty, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran Address for correspondence: Dr. Hassan Mozaffari-Khosravi, Department of Nutrition, Health Faculty, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran. Yazd Diabetic Research Center, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran. E-mail: [email protected] Received 2015 Aug 29; Revised 2016 Mar 28; Accepted 2016 May 25. Copyright : Journal of Research in Medical Sciences This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 License, which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non commercially, as long as the author is credited and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Designing the effective and early interventions can prevent progression of prediabetes to diabetes. Few studies have shown the effect of flaxseed on glycemic control. This study aimed to assess the effect of flaxseed powder on insulin resistance (IR) indices and blood pressure in prediabetic individuals. In a randomized clinical trial, 99 prediabetic indi Continue reading >>
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High Dose Flaxseed Oil Supplementation May Affect Fasting Blood Serum Glucosemanagement In Human Type 2 Diabetics.
High dose flaxseed oil supplementation may affect fasting blood serum glucosemanagement in human type 2 diabetics. Barre DE(1), Mizier-Barre KA, Griscti O, Hafez K. (1)Department of Health Studies, Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. [email protected] Type 2 diabetes is characterized partially by elevated fasting blood serumglucose and insulin concentrations and the percentage of hemoglobin as HbA1c. It was hypothesized that each of blood glucose and its co-factors insulin and HbA1c and would show a more favorable profile as the result of flaxseed oilsupplementation. Patients were recruited at random from a population poolresponding to a recruitment advertisement in the local newspaper and 2 areaphysicians. Completing the trial were 10 flaxseed oil males, 8 flaxseed oilfemales, 8 safflower (placebo) oil males and 6 safflower oil females. Patientsvisited on two pre-treatment occasions each three months apart (visits 1 and 2). At visit 2 subjects were randomly assigned in double blind fashion and in equalgender numbers to take flaxseed oil or safflower oil for three further monthsuntil visit 3. Oil consumption in both groups was approximately 10 g/d. ALAintake in the intervention group was approximately 5.5 g/d. Power was 0.80 to seea difference of 1 mmol of glucose /L using 12 subjects per group with a p < 0.05.Flaxseed oil had no impact on fasting blood serum glucose, insulin or HbA1clevels. It is concluded that high doses of flaxseed oil have no effect onglycemic control in type 2 diabetics. Continue reading >>
Flaxseed Oil: Side Effects, Interactions, And Risks
Flaxseed oil is a supplement that can boost your intake of omega-3 fatty acids. These are considered to help with lowering your cholesterol as well as lowering your chances of developing cardiovascular disease , diabetes , and even some cancers. Getting omega-3 into your body requires eating it in your diet or consuming it as a supplement, as your body does not produce it on its own. Flaxseed oil contains a-linolenic acid (ALA), which the body can break down into an omega-3 fatty acid. Flaxseed oil doesnt have as many benefits as other omega-3 sources like fish, fish oil, and flax in its seed form. Flaxseed oil is generally cold pressed. You can find flaxseed oil in oil form, in capsules, or even in enriched food products. You need to take a tablespoon of flaxseed oil to get seven grams of ALA. You may need to take up to six flaxseed oil capsules to achieve this amount in pill form. You can get the same amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your body by consuming fewer fish oil capsules. Its important to be cautious when using flaxseed oil, as there are several risks and side effects. For many, the benefits of flax seeds and flaxseed oil may outweigh the risks of using the product. Use caution when adding flaxseed oil to your diet or using it as a supplement. There are many studies currently under way to link the use of flaxseed oil with positive health benefits, but there is no standard use of the supplement. Discuss with your doctor the benefits of flaxseed oil for your health before trying it out. You should also discuss the length of time its healthy to use it as well as a recommended dosage. Flaxseed oil as a dietary supplement is not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Therefore, the quality and contents of flaxseed oil arent regulated and standardized Continue reading >>
Flaxseed Oil And Diabetes: A Systemic Review
Abstract Preventing the occurrence of diabetes with nutritional interventions is a therapeutic strategy that may warrant greater research attention. Recent studies suggest that for the vegetarians other than the fish oil adding flaxseed oil to the diet may decrease insulin resistance in diabetics and pre-diabetics and help in reducing the risk of developing type 2 as well as type 1 diabetes. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are an essential source of energy found in animal and vegetable fats and oils. The general consensus is that eating the right proportion of omega-3 and omega-6 reduces inflammation in the body, the association between omega-3 Fatty Acids (FAs), type 1 and type 2 diabetes is not fully understood yet. Studies in the past suggest that omega-3 and omega-6 FA may affect the development of diabetes by modulation of insulin sensitivity in phospholipids membranes. Evidence suggests omega-6 FAs are generally protective for diabetes risk, whereas the evidence for omega-3 FAs is mixed. Based on the results of clinical trials, epidemiological investigations and experimental studies, ingestion of flaxseed oil has been suggested to have a positive impact on diabetics as well as pre diabetics. The purpose of the present review is to identify the protective effects of flaxseed oil and Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) on diabetes. Discover the world's research 14+ million members 100+ million publications 700k+ research projects Join for free Continue reading >>
Flaxseed Oil And Diabetes: A Systemic Review
Flaxseed Oil and Diabetes: A Systemic Review Preventing the occurrence of diabetes with nutritional interventions is a therapeutic strategy that may warrant greater research attention. Recent studies suggest that for the vegetarians other than the fish oil adding flaxseed oil to the diet may decrease insulin resistance in diabetics and pre-diabetics and help in reducing the risk of developing type 2 as well as type 1 diabetes. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid s are an essential source of energy found in animal and vegetable fats and oils. The general consensus is that eating the right proportion of omega-3 and omega-6 reduces inflammation in the body, the association between omega-3 Fatty Acids (FAs), type 1 and type 2 diabetes is not fully understood yet. Studies in the past suggest that omega-3 and omega-6 FA may affect the development of diabetes by modulation of insulin sensitivity in phospholipids membranes. Evidence suggests omega-6 FAs are generally protective for diabetes risk, whereas the evidence for omega-3 FAs is mixed. Based on the results of clinical trials, epidemiological investigations and experimental studies, ingestion of flaxseed oil has been suggested to have a positive impact on diabetics as well as pre diabetics. The purpose of the present review is to identify the protective effects of flaxseed oil and Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) on diabetes. Received: July 07, 2015; Accepted: August 10, 2015; Published: September 14, 2015 According to the researchers, India is home to nearly 62 million diabetics and by 2030 nearly 9% of the total population of India is likely to be affected by the disease, with many of them classed as overweight or obese. This puts them at three times higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than normal weight people ( Jeppesen Continue reading >>
How To Drop Blood Sugar With This Teeny Seed
Ground flaxseed just might be the next best thing for controlling blood sugar. But before “big pharma” gets their hands on it and capitalizes on this plant-based food, why not reduce your blood sugar naturally with one teaspoon daily? Supplementing with flax Although some experts believe that consuming ground flax can help control blood sugar spikes, it has only recently been tested in diabetics. A study published on the effect of flaxseed powder supplementation in the management of diabetes found that one tablespoon of ground flaxseed every day for a month showed a significant drop in fasting blood sugars, glycerides and cholesterol and a drop in A1c levels (or average levels of blood glucose). As an additional side note, participants who consumed a quarter cup of flaxseed a day for three months showed no additional weight gain. In fact, the group consuming ground flax — compared to those taking flaxseed oil or the controlled group — had slimmer waists. How does flax help control diabetes? A study published in BioMed Central Nutrition Journal found that flaxseed consumption may improve insulin sensitivity in people who are glucose intolerant. After 12 weeks of consuming ground flaxseed, there was a small but significant drop in insulin resistance. Perhaps this was due to the drop in oxidant stress related to the antioxidant qualities of flax, suggests Dr. Michael Greger for NutritionFacts.org. So should you come it for diabetes? Dr. Asqual Getaneh for Everyday Health says that while evidence may be too weak for definitive recommendations, flaxseed is still rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential fatty acid that is beneficial in helping prevent heart disease and related illnesses. Ground flaxseed vs. flaxseed oil Because flaxseed oil is a concentrated s Continue reading >>
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Flax Seeds For Diabetes
Drug companies hope to capitalize on the fact that the consumption of certain plants appears to lower the risk of diabetes by isolating these plants’ active components for use and sale as pharmacological agents. Though not as profitable, why don’t we just eat the plants themselves? One plant in particular that’s now been tested is flax. We’ve known for 20 years that having ground flax in your stomach can blunt the blood sugar spike from a meal, but it’s never been tested in diabetics–until now. World Health Organization researchers published an open-label study on the effect of flax seed powder supplementation in the management of diabetes. Diabetic subjects took a tablespoon of ground flax seeds every day for a month, and, compared to the control group, experienced a significant drop in fasting blood sugars, triglycerides, and cholesterol, as well as the most important thing, a drop in A1C level. If one’s sugars are already well controlled, though, there may be no additional benefit. How does flax help control blood sugars? Flaxseeds may improve insulin sensitivity in glucose intolerant people. After 12 weeks of flax, researchers found a small but significant drop in insulin resistance, perhaps related to the drop in oxidant stress due to the antioxidant qualities of flaxseeds. The study profiled in my 3-min video Flaxseed vs. Diabetes showing a tablespoon of daily ground flax seeds for a month appears to improve fasting blood sugars, triglycerides, cholesterol, and hemoglobin A1c levels in diabetics was a non-blinded, non-randomized small study. If it was some drug they were testing, I’d never prescribe it based on this one study, but this isn’t a drug. It’s just flaxseeds. There are just good side effects, so even if this study was a fluke or frau Continue reading >>
Can Flaxseed Lower Blood Sugar?
Historically, flaxseed, which comes from the flax plant, was primarily used for reducing constipation. Today, it's much more useful than that. It's rich in fiber and contains,as do most plants, a gummy material called mucilage. Fiber and mucilage expand in the stomach upon contact with water, which adds bulk to stools and helps keep you full longer than refined carbohydrates. Flaxseed contains oil that is rich in beneficial omega-3 fatty acid, which promotes heart health. Flaxseed oil appears to lower blood sugar in some individuals. Blood Sugar Regulation Glucose is an importance fuel source for your body. The pancreas closely monitors blood sugar to keep levels within a normal range. Blood-glucose levels are highest after your body absorbs a meal and lowest between meals when your gastrointestinal system is empty. The foods you eat influence glucose. If you're healthy, your body does a good job of regulating blood sugar. However, if you have diabetes, it's crucial to know how the foods you eat affect your glucose levels. Affect on Non-Diabetics Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences studied the effect of flaxseed on glucose and cholesterol in participants with high cholesterol. After six weeks of supplementation, participants exhibited significantly lower cholesterol and fasting blood glucose. A consistently elevated fasting blood glucose increases the risk of developing diabetes. Likewise, high cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease. This data indicates flaxseed may help protect against diabetes and heart disease. The study was published in the June 2008 issue of the "British Journal of Nutrition." Effect on Diabetics Scientists hypothesized that individuals with diabetes would benefit from flaxseed oil consumption. Researchers in Canada test Continue reading >>
Flaxseed For Better Health And Better Blood Sugars?
I just love flaxseed, and one I supplement with daily. Flaxseed has an amazing amount of benefits to help promote overall health. In saying that, how can one find flaxseed? What actual benefits does organic flaxseed provide? Can it help prevent your blood sugars from spiking? For that and much, much more, continue reading! Flaxseed oil is an excellent supplement that supports the body’s vital systems. It is rich in the omega-3 essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA. Although omega-3s are crucial to human health, they are not manufactured by the body, so it’s important to get a steady supply through dietary sources and supplements. There are two types of essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6. Most Americans get enough omega-6 fatty acids from dietary sources such as meat, eggs and dairy. Omega-3s are necessary for growth, heart health and brain function, but many of us do not get enough of them from dietary sources. MayoClinic.com reports that multiple studies have shown that omega-3 supplements may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. These supplements have also been studied as a treatment for depression and other mental illnesses, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, PMS, ADHD, osteoporosis, and even cancer prevention. Benefits of Flaxseed Flaxseed oil offers a wide range of health benefits. There are some studies showing that flaxseed oil can reduce total cholesterol and LDL (low density lipoprotein also known as bad cholesterol). This, however, is dependent on how well the alpha-linolenic acid is broken down into EPA and DHA. Flaxseed oil is likely to make platelets less sticky, which could help to reduce the risk of heart attack. It may also lower blood pressure and triglyceride levels (fat in the blood). Flaxseed oil has a Continue reading >>
Flaxseed Oil: Good Or Not For Diabetes Type 2?
Flaxseed Oil: Good or not for diabetes type 2? Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. Flaxseed Oil: Good or not for diabetes type 2? I've been reading about flaxseed oil being good for type 2's and in a different article, should be avoided by diabetics on certain meds like Metformin. I am taking Met 2x a day at the maximum mg. I am confused by some articles saying it benefits diabetics and others say to avoid it. Which is right? According to the University of Maryland Medical Center's website, flaxseed can raise your bg levels if you are takng Met. But there are many people here who eat flaxseed and say that it actually helps their bg levels. I would experiment to see. Let us know how it works for you. There may be truth in what you say. I eat raw flaxseed (for its fats) many times during the day. If I overeat it a bit my BGs tend to rise even on an empty stomach. I was afraid of the responses. I just bought a huge bottle of flaxseed oil and now I don't think I'll even use it. I got my dh to take one this morning so maybe he'll take a shine to them. I do have flax seed so I guess I'll use thosemore often. I use ground flaxseed all the time to make all sorts of baked goods. I find I get very little bg spikes from flaxseed. Sometime it will actually push my bg down. Flaxseed is basically all fiber so it shouldn't affect bg. It does have fat like any seed so if you are sensitive to fat you may need to be careful. Since using flaxseed I have raised my HDL to 89 I taker flax oil, 2000 mg per day, as a vegetarian source of EFA's. I also take an algae-source supplement of EPA and DHA (longer-chain EFA's not available in flax). I have nev Continue reading >>
FLAXSEED Overview Information Flaxseed is the seed from the plant Linum usitatissimum. The seed or the seed oil is used to make medicine. The information on this page concerns medicine made from the SEED only. There is a separate listing for flaxseed OIL. People use flaxseed for many conditions related to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, including ongoing constipation, colon damage due to overuse of laxatives, diarrhea, inflammation of the lining of the large intestine (diverticulitis), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or irritable colon, sores in the lining of the large intestine (ulcerative colitis), inflammation of the lining of the stomach (gastritis), and inflammation of the small intestine (enteritis). Flaxseed is also used for disorders of the heart and blood vessels, including high cholesterol, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), high blood pressure (hypertension), and coronary artery disease. Flaxseed is also used for acne, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), kidney problems in people with a disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), symptoms of menopause, and breast pain. It is also used for diabetes, obesity and weight loss, HIV/AIDS, depression, bladder infections, malaria, and rheumatoid arthritis. Other uses include treatment of sore throat, upper respiratory tract infections (URTI), and cough. Some people use flaxseed to lower their risk of getting weak bones (osteoporosis) and to protect against breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer. Flaxseed is sometimes applied to the skin for acne, burns, boils, eczema, psoriasis, and to soothe inflammation. How does it work? Flaxseed is a good source of dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. The fiber in flaxseed is found primarily in the seed coat. Taken befo Continue reading >>
Flaxseed Benefits Diabetes In Many Ways!
Flax for Diabetics -a nutritional powerhouse whole grain food has so many benefits for fighting diabetes. As part of a balanced + healthy diet, flax for diabetes is so excellent because it helps stabilize blood sugar + controls/prevents diabetes. Flax for diabetes is a low glycemic food and has many benefitsl due to the Omega 3, fiber, protein + Lignans found in flaxseed. Are you looking for ways to better control your blood sugar levels? Flaxseed benefits diabetes and adding flax to your daily diet may be the answer youve been looking for. Flax for Diabetics- 10 Ways Flax can help Fight + Prevent Diabetes: Flax seed is a low glycemic food and helps stabilize blood sugar levels for longer. Flax is a whole grain. Flax is an excellent source of fiber -helping your feel fuller longer. Flax has Omega 3 -which makes your brain feel satiated and helps stop cravings! Protein in flax helps the body get nutrition that takes longer to digest and process helping provide more nutrition for longer. Flax hull lignans help heal the body lessening or preventing complications from diabetes. Flax prevents spikes in blood sugar and keeps blood sugar levels more stable for longer. Research has shown that flax for diabetes as part of a daily diet can help lower and stabilize blood sugar levels. Flaxseed is an easy thing to add as part of a balanced diet and can make dramatic differences in your blood sugar as well as overall health. Many of our own customer's have told us stories of how they have tried flax for diabetes and of the successes they have had in lowering and stabilizing blood sugars. Sherrie's Flax for Diabetics success story: Here are the results I have had in only a few months. I am 52 years old and have several health problems. Type 2 diabetes and Menopause and constipation b Continue reading >>
Flaxseed & Blood Sugar
A registered nurse with more than 25 years of experience in oncology, labor/delivery, neonatal intensive care, infertility and ophthalmology, Sharon Perkins has also coauthored and edited numerous health books for the Wiley "Dummies" series. Perkins also has extensive experience working in home health with medically fragile pediatric patients. Flaxseed's on a wooden table.Photo Credit: oksix/iStock/Getty Images Flaxseed, derived from the flax plant, was originally used primarily as a laxative, but recent research has found other potential benefits. Flaxseed contains large amounts of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation and can lower cholesterol levels. Flaxseed is also the dietary source highest in lignans. Lignans act as phytoestrogens, weak plant sources of estrogen. Flaxseed also contains fiber, which can lower cholesterol and blood glucose. However, clinical studies on the effects of flaxseed and flaxseed oil on lowering blood sugar levels have had mixed results. Flaxseed contains both soluble and insoluble fiber, with slightly more soluble than insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber may help lower blood sugar levels by slowing the absorption of glucose through the small intestine. Slowing glucose absorption stabilizes blood sugars and prevents the rapid increases that can occur after eating. Lignans in flaxseed may also have some benefit on blood sugar levels. Few recent studies have been done on the effects of flaxseed on blood sugar levels. A Canadian study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in March 1993 reported that healthy subjects who consumed 50 g of flaxseed in meals for four weeks experienced a 27 percent decline in blood sugar levels after eating. A Chinese study reported in the November 2007 PloS Continue reading >>
Flaxseed And Diabetes
Is flaxseed beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes? Does it help my prostate gland as well? – Frank, Florida Yes, flaxseed may help lower your sugar levels, and it plays a role in the prevention of prostate cancer as well. However, the strength of the evidence is too weak to permit definitive recommendations. Nonetheless, flaxseed is rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential fatty acid that appears to be beneficial in preventing heart disease and related illnesses. Flaxseed contains the right ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, is high in fiber, and provides a phytoestrogen called lignan, which may have antioxidant properties that protect against certain cancers. There is some evidence that eating flaxseed reduces blood sugar levels after a meal and increases insulin levels because of its high content of soluble fiber. (It is 28 percent fiber, of which two-thirds is soluble.) Indeed, flaxseed carbohydrate (what remains after the oil is removed) was used in a study that showed a beneficial effect. Although this result was not duplicated in other studies, flaxseed has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity. An interesting, yet unproven, potential benefit may be the prevention of type 1 and type 2 diabetes; in animal models, flaxseed has been shown to delay the onset of the disease. Flaxseed might help your prostatic health as well. In fact, the American National Cancer Institute has singled out flaxseed as one of six foods that deserve extensive research. Why? Because flaxseed contains a large amount of phytonutrients that serve as antioxidants, as well as those omega-3 fatty acids, which seem to play a role in preventing the formation of abnormal cells in the body. In terms of your specific question, flaxseed may reduce the prostate-specific antigen Continue reading >>
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