July 24, 2004
Keep it SIMPLE tip for Bone Health
Flaxseed’s Proven Osteoporosis Protection
Flaxseed is about as perfect as a food can get. Its multi-system
benefits have earned it a prominent position in my diet and supplementation
program years ago. And it’s gratifying to see a growing body of
clinical literature confirming the benefits of flaxseed. Since nearly
50 percent of American women are currently at risk of an osteoporosis-related
fracture, I’m particularly excited to share news of a study that
confirms flaxseed’s osteoporosis protection benefits.
A study published in the Journal of the American
Neutraceutical Association examined the effects of flaxseed
consumption on postmenopausal women who were not taking hormone
replacement therapy (HRT). The authors found that daily addition
of 38 grams (about 4 tablespoons) of ground flaxseed to the diet
significantly reduced the rate of bone loss. They suggest that flaxseed’s
positive effects on bone metabolism may be the result of its antioxidant
properties and its ability to decrease calcium loss in the urine.
For the millions of women who are worried about osteoporosis but
have opted not to use HRT, this is very encouraging news.
Ground flax mealthe ground form of
flaxseedis a cornerstone of my natural osteoporosis program.
Its high content of minerals necessary for bone health (including
calcium and magnesium), alpha-linolenic acid, linoleic acid and
phytoestrogens (flax lignans) make it a natural for
bone protection. Try stirring 4 to 6 tablespoons ground flax meal
a day into soy or rice milk, and using the mixture in shakes or
smoothies. (Use purchased flax meal or grind your own using a seed
or coffee grinder.) Or sprinkle the flaxmeal on cooked oatmeal;
its buttery flavor makes the combination a tasty breakfast cereal.
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