Flaxseed vs. Diabetes

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DESCRIPTION: A tablespoon of daily ground flax seeds for a month appears to improve fasting blood sugars, triglycerides, cholesterol, and hemoglobin A1c levels in diabetics. This video reminds me of the Prunes vs. Metamucil for Constipation (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/prunes-vs-metamucil-vs-vegan-diet) one, or any of those talking about various foods that may control blood sugar (Amla Versus Diabetes http://nutritionfacts.org/video/amla-versus-diabetes/), weight (Fat Burning Via Flavonoids http://nutritionfacts.org/video/fat-burning-via-flavonoids/), cholesterol (Dried Apples Versus Cholesterol http://nutritionfacts.org/video/dried-apples-versus-cholesterol/), or sexual dysfunction (Watermelon as Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction http://nutritionfacts.org/video/watermelon-as-treatment-for-erectile-dysfunction/). Yes, these foods may help, but why not get at the root of the problem and try to reverse the condition altogether with a healthier diet overall? That’s why I called my 2012 wrap-up Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/uprooting-the-leading-causes-of-death/).

The two books I feature are the original classic from 2003, Defeating Diabetes (http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/51264427) co-authored by my favorite dietician, Brenda Davis, and then in 2007 and 2012, from two of my medical mentors, Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program To Reverse Diabetes Now (http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/85485215) and Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s The End of Diabetes (http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/795757572). In fact Fuhrman’s book is so new it wasn’t even out when I recorded this video for my volume 12 DVD (http://nutritionfacts.org/2013/01/07/new-nutrition-dvd-to-help-make-your-resolutions-more-resolutee-proceeds-to-charity/)!

This is my third flax video of the year. See what it can do against prostate cancer in my last two Flaxseed vs. Prostate Cancer (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/flaxseed-vs-prostate-cancer/) and Was It the Flaxseed, Fat Restriction, or Both? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/was-it-the-flaxseed-fat-restriction-or-both). Next, we move on to Flaxseeds For Sensitive Skin (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/flaxseeds-for-sensitive-skin/).

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Image Credit: sean dreilinger; Phú Thịnh Co; and grafixtek via Flickr.

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