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I have been advised that 2 tablespoons of flaxseed a day is highly beneficial when trying to relieve constipation. I am confused about this..... Do you swallow the seeds whole (with plenty water) or do you ground them first? Also, how long would it take to kick in? Please help!
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replied February 7th, 2011
Hello and thank you for posting your medical query on E health Forum.

Flaxseed are the tiny, sesame seed-size seeds from the plant. Flax seed can be either eaten whole or ground into a powder.

Flaxseed has a pleasant nutty taste. Start introducing it gradually in to your diet, then work your way up to 2 Tbsp. per day. Make sure to drink lots of water. Other ways of using it in your daily diet include sprinkling it on cereal or yogurt, adding it to baked goods or smoothies, etc.

You can eat whole flax seeds but you need to chew them good to break them up. Your stomach will not dissolve whole flax seeds and many of them will come out in your stools. Chew about a tablespoon in the morning. Then drink 8 oz of water. Make sure if you chew flax seeds that you drink water since the seeds expand and become gelatinous.

Grinding the seeds allows the body to fully benefit from flaxseed’s many nutritional benefits. Mixing a tablespoon of ground flax seed in water, and drinking it in the morning and the evening is a remedy.

It is recommended not to buy ground up flax seeds as, once you grind them, you need to use them in your drinks or food soon after grinding so they don't lose their nutritive value. It only takes 10 to 15 minutes in light and oxygen for the ground up flax seeds to become oxidized and lose it nutritive value.

But, if you have decided to use pre-grounded flax seed like, Nutri Flax, store it in your refrigerator immediately after it is opened and used to minimize its oxidation.

I hope this helps.





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replied February 7th, 2011
Hello and thank you for posting your medical query on E health Forum.

Flaxseed are the tiny, sesame seed-size seeds from the plant. Flax seed can be either eaten whole or ground into a powder.

Flaxseed has a pleasant nutty taste. Start introducing it gradually in to your diet, then work your way up to 2 Tbsp. per day. Make sure to drink lots of water. Other ways of using it in your daily diet include sprinkling it on cereal or yogurt, adding it to baked goods or smoothies, etc.

You can eat whole flax seeds but you need to chew them good to break them up. Your stomach will not dissolve whole flax seeds and many of them will come out in your stools. Chew about a tablespoon in the morning. Then drink 8 oz of water. Make sure if you chew flax seeds that you drink water since the seeds expand and become gelatinous.

Grinding the seeds allows the body to fully benefit from flaxseed’s many nutritional benefits. Mixing a tablespoon of ground flax seed in water, and drinking it in the morning and the evening is a remedy.

It is recommended not to buy ground up flax seeds as, once you grind them, you need to use them in your drinks or food soon after grinding so they don't lose their nutritive value. It only takes 10 to 15 minutes in light and oxygen for the ground up flax seeds to become oxidized and lose it nutritive value.

But, if you have decided to use pre-grounded flax seed like, Nutri Flax, store it in your refrigerator immediately after it is opened and used to minimize its oxidation.

I hope this helps.





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replied February 10th, 2011
Thank you! That was very informative and v much appreciated!
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replied April 10th, 2013
I am having a 10cm fibroid.
Does flax seed help in redusing fibroids?
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