Anyone taking Flax seed; need advice.

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klsygal
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   Posted 12/10/2007 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
Do you have any experience adding Flax seed to your diet? What form do you use, seed, meal, or oil? I would appreciate your feedback. Thanks, Klsygal eyes
 
Concerned friend of a Crohnie.  Trying to support him in his life and treatment.
 
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yogaprof
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   Posted 12/10/2007 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
hi klsygal, how you been?
I know folks with healthy guts who put seeds in cereal and salads. oil is better if one can't digest seeds.
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. In December had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now just taking Glycolax, metamucil and vicidin as needed.


klsygal
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   Posted 12/10/2007 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi yoga girl:
Do you use flax in your diet? My guy has CD as well as Celiac. He really needs the nutrition. He is too skinny. I tell him he has gone past the "rock star look." Love him no matter what. I am doing great as long as I can keep him happy too.
Have a wonderful holiday season.
klsygal
 
Concerned friend of a Crohnie.  Trying to support him in his life and treatment.
 
"Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt."
Shakespeare - Measure for Measure
 
Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, nor bends with the remover to remove; oh no, it is an ever fixed mark, that looks on tempests and is never shaken...
Shakepeare - Sonnet CXVI


EMom
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   Posted 12/10/2007 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I've used flaxseed in some form or another for many, many years. To use seeds, they must be ground (or they pass thru whole and you get no benefit). You can do this in a coffee grinder, I've been told. You can also buy them ground but if you do, keep them in the fridge because seeds go rancid quickly (free radicals!), and even more quickly if ground. For this reason, I've always been skeptical of buying the meal.

I've come to the conclusion that I like taking the oil by tablespoon best. It's quick and easy. (It emulsifies easily too, so you can mix in into drinks or yogurt if you prefer.) To get equivalent benefit from seeds you need to eat anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 cup a day, and I know I won't do that. If I'm in the mood for cereal or oatmeal in the morning, I don't want it corrupted by flaxseed!

Someone said they need to put weight on. A great smoothie for weight gain is a high quality plain yogurt, 1-2 raw eggs, crushed ice, strawberries, bananas, honey to sweeten, and flaxseed oil. I promise you can't even taste the oil.
EMom

Grateful for everyone's help here!

Mother to 15 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium and a good multivitamin.

Started The Maker's Diet in early September.


gumby44
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   Posted 12/10/2007 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I take it in pill form...Omega 3-6-9 which has flaxseed in it. I take 3 pills a day
48 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's Sept-Oct. 2007


yogaprof
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   Posted 12/10/2007 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
we use it in smoothies and I stir it into yogurt.
glad to hear your guy is "your guy"! :)
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. In December had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now just taking Glycolax, metamucil and vicidin as needed.


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 12/10/2007 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
most people take flax seed cos of the omega 3's in it (hard to come by, especially if you are a vegetarian) and it is supposed to have some anti-inflammatory properties associated with the omega 3's. i do use it myself in smoothies and with my green drink.

the down side to flax seed is that you have to break the husk to extract to goodies in it and your body does not do this. so when you see packaged food items with flax seeds and telling you it contains XXX amount of omega 3's etc, it may, but your body wont get it. best to use flax seed oil. buy the small quantities as it has a tendency to go rancid quickly. i use barleans (the blue label one). there are other good brands out there.

another problem with flax seed is that the omega 3 is in ALA form. this is the plant version. your body needs to convert it into a usable form, either EPA or DHA (i think those are the acronyms, i could be wrong - probably am but these are close). these are the readily available forms of omega 3. these are found in animal products, like red meat and fish oil. i suggest using a cod liver oil if you really want to get omega 3's. it is also a good source of vitamin D and A (not beta carotene, plant precursor version of vitamin A which your must convert to a usable form). liquid form is best. it may sound gross, but they are flavored with lemon and/or mint and you dont notice any fishy taste or odor and it is fine. just a mental block at first, like trying sushi or liver.

food for thought...
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


Zazucat
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   Posted 12/10/2007 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   
A friend of mine puts ground flax seed in yogurt and peanut butter and she says you can't really taste it. I've been meaning to try this, now maybe I will!
 


pb4
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   Posted 12/10/2007 10:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Psyllium is good to, it's in the Prodiem stool bulker that I take everyday...I also take omegas 3-6-9 and eat plenty of fibreous foods with no gas or bloating thanks to the Prodiem.

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broomhilda
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   Posted 12/12/2007 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I can handle most nuts when they are ground up except walnuts and pecans. Have mixed flax seed in various recipes & smoothies. I got concerned that they would get wedged in my intestestines though cause they are soooooo small, like strawberries. I'm going to try the oil next. I can't do fish oil. Runs right through. Wouldn't castor oil do the same?
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.


Smrtgrl96x
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   Posted 12/13/2007 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Ah yes, Flax seed.  A caring co-worker of mine decided that since Im a vegetarian, I should be using flax seed.  I was EXTREMELY ill for many hours after I put it in my lunch.  Obviously another form would have been more appropriate than the actual seeds.  I should have known better!
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