How much flax seed to eat daily?

Answer 1:Flax seed is an excellent source of soluble fiber, the fiber that helps reduce cholesterol. The AHA recommends 25-30 grams of fiber daily. 2/3 cup of flax seed contains around 28 grams of fiber. It also has lots of other really good components such as vitamins, minerals and unsaturated fatty acids.

Answer 2:I lowered my cholesterol significantly and lost 50 lbs by becoming vegetarian. Then, I don't have to deal with flaxseed or meds or anything out of my ordinary routine. The most I have to do is ask, "is there meat in that?" AND I eat eggs. Just no more meat, chicken, beef, pork, fish and seafood. I really urge you to consider a more vegetarian lifestyle, because it really works.

Answer 3:I have been taking flax seed daily for years. I found this information on the Mayo Clinic site and will paste the information here for you to read. You may want to check out their site yourself and form your own opinion. I take about a full tablespoon daily, sprinkled on my cereal.

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Here is what they say:
Which is better for me, whole or ground flaxseed?
Most nutrition experts recommend ground flaxseed because your body is better able to digest it. Whole flaxseed may pass through your intestine undigested, which means you won't get the health benefits of flaxseed.

Flaxseed is high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and phytochemicals called lignans. Flaxseed can help reduce total blood cholesterol and LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels - and, as a result, may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Flaxseed oil also contains omega-3 fatty acids, but it doesn't have the beneficial fiber that the seeds have.

You can purchase raw flaxseed in bulk - whole or ground - at many grocery stores and health food stores. Whole seeds can be ground in a coffee grinder and then stored in an airtight container for several months.

Although the Institute of Medicine has not set a recommended daily intake for omega-3 fatty acids, it has established adequate intake amounts of between 1.1 and 1.6 grams per day for adults. One tablespoon of ground flaxseed provides 1.6 grams of omega-3 fatty acids. Tips for including flaxseed in your diet:

Add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed to your hot or cold breakfast cereal.
Add a teaspoon of ground flaxseed to mayonnaise or mustard when making a sandwich.
Mix a tablespoon of ground flaxseed into an 8-ounce container of yogurt.
Bake ground flaxseed into cookies, muffins, breads and other baked goods.
You can also use flaxseed in place of eggs in muffins, pancakes and cookies. To substitute flaxseed for one large egg in a recipe, use 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed plus 3 tablespoons water. Keep in mind that it will somewhat alter the texture of the finished product, making it slightly "gummy."