Can Ground Flaxseed Help with
While research is limited, it appears that ground flaxseed is beneficial for improving Type 2 diabetes control in coordination with conventional diabetes management plans. In a 2011 study, a tablespoon (15 mL) of ground flaxseed was added to the diet of people with Type 2 diabetes. After only a month, this lowered fasting blood sugars by 20% and hemoglobin A1C levels, a measure of blood sugar control over time, by 16%. It also lowered total cholesterol by 14%, lowered LDL cholesterol or “bad cholesterol” by 14%, increased HDL cholesterol or “good cholesterol” by 12% and lowered triglycerides by 18%.
Q. I've heard that I need to grind whole flaxseed. Why is that?
A: While whole and ground flaxseed have the same nutritional content your body gets more benefit from ground flaxseed. That's because the goodness in flaxseed is wrapped up in a hard, shiny seed coat that's hard to crack, even with careful chewing. Grinding or roasting flaxseed breaks this seed coat making all the nutrients easier to digest. Flaxseeds are easy to grind at home using a coffee grinder, food processor or blender. You also can buy ground or "milled" flaxseed in most stores where whole flaxseed is sold.