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Healthy Eating Tip: Lower Your Cholesterol with Flaxseed Meal

If you’re of a certain age — say baby boomer and beyond, most likely your doctor has tried to peddle Lipitor or Crestor in order to lower your high cholesterol.

While these prescription drugs may work to a certain extent, the side effects are scary  and if you don’t have health insurance or don’t have health insurance with a good drug plan, you could be paying hundreds of dollars for a month’s supply.

My friend Jon had high cholesterol and his other health problems preclude him from taking prescription drugs that claim to lower cholesterol. Instead, a nutritionist recommended flaxseed oil capsules. He takes two per meal with food. Without doing anything else like following a specific diet — his cholesterol took a dive and continues to lower after several months. His skin has also softened considerably.

There’s nothing special about the flax oil capsules; he buys a big bottle at Costco.

We rarely hear about how flaxseed oil capsules lowers cholesterol because their marketing budget doesn’t run into the gazillions of dollars like the makers of prescription drugs.

As an effort to eat more healthy, I started to use flaxseed meal. I sprinkle it into my cereal; it has a nutty taste. I add it to yogurt and fruit. You could add it to a smoothie or bake with it.

Flaxseed meal is rich is fiber, lignans, and omega-3 fats (the good fats). Lignans is an antioxidant that can maintain breast and colon health. To get the lignans that are in just 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal, you would have to eat 30 fresh cups of fresh broccoli.

  1. Personally, I am really nervous about all these supplements available at health food stores. Everything is so complicated and without testing, how is one to know about how they all will interact? You can’t. Not even with tested medicines because of the infinite varieties.

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