Tips for Using Flaxseed to Lower Cholesterol

Lisa Nelson, RD, LN Health Pro
  • Flaxseed is high in dietary fiber and omega 3 fatty acids. Both of which you need to increase in your diet as your work to lower cholesterol levels. Here are 5 ways you can incorporate flaxseed into your diet.


    1. Sprinkle on your cereal every morning. . .hot or cold.
    2. Add to pancake or waffle batter.
    3. Mix in your orange juice.
    4. Add to muffins.
    5. Mix in yogurt.
    6. Sprinkle on fresh salad greens.
    7. Add to cottage cheese.
    8. Add to spaghetti sauce, meatloaf, and lasagna.
    9. Add to cookie dough (not something you shoud have regularly if you are trying to lower cholsterol!).
    10. . . . .get creative! It can be an addition to just about anything.

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    Grind Your Flaxseed

    You must remember to grind you flaxseed if you want the full benefits. Adding whole flaxseed to your diet will boost your dietary fiber intake. However, in order to access the heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids you must grind the flaxseed.
    You can purchase flaxseed in a variety of forms, including whole seed and ground. Read the label. You may want to refrigerate your ground flaxseed to extend the shelf life.

    Taking flaxseed pills would not be my first choice. The nutrients you receive in pill form tend to be fewer than utilizing whole or ground flaxseed. Plus, you may have to take quite a few pills to get the same level of benefit. Who wants to pop more pills anyway?

    Keep your flaxseed within easy reach so you can get in the habit of sprinkling it on a variety of foods throughout the day.

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Published On: February 22, 2011