Flax Seed (Linseed): Benefits, Nutrition, Side Effects and Facts

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Flax seeds and flax seed oil have a nutty, rich flavor which many consumers find quite enjoyable. If you are unable or unwilling to go through surgery for a gallstone problem that requires treatment, your doctor may recommend one of several noninvasive techniques. A good example of misleading advertising by household brands, not unknown in the present day! In fact, they can eat more than before. Pancreatic juice is alkaline in nature due to the high concentration of bicarbonate ions.

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A brief overview of the human digestive system can be found at the link below. The purpose of the valve at the top of the stomach is to prevent the contents of one's stomach from pouring up the throat and out of the mouth if one is lying down or bending down! Overeating can sometimes temporarily open this valve and cause stomach acid to rise up into the mouth.

When the stomach 'rumbles' or makes a gurgling sound, it is not because the stomach is asking you for more food! The purpose of the valve at the end of the small intestine is to similarly regulate when digested and waste matter is to be passed into the ascending colon. The stomach is lined with mucus to prevent stomach acid from attacking the lining of the stomach. The stomach in normal and optimal healthy circumstances regulates the amount of acid it produces in accordance to the amount and type of food in the stomach, and is highly acidic.

Sufficient acidity is required to break down proteins effectively and also to absorb nutrients. The stomach produces its own enzymes, for example, for pre-digestion of food. When food moves from the stomach into the small intestine, the liver secretes bile into the duodenum to help neutralise the acidic chyme mixture of semi-digested food and stomach juices that has come from the stomach such that the pH in the small intestine and large intestine becomes approximately neutral.

The mucusal tissue of the small intestine is alkaline so that pH of the semi-digested food moving through the small intestine gradually increases to around 8. This alkaline environment is required for many of the pancreatic enzymes to function.

The pH of the large intestine depends on the metabolic activity and the nature of waste products excreted by the micro-organisms in the stool, to some extent. A description of the pancreas can be found at the Wikipedia link below.

It contains a variety of enzymes, including: The protease enzyme Elastase digests and degrades a number of types of protein. Elastase in particular is a good measure of the body's ability to digest protein and levels can be measured in one's stool i.

Pancreatic juice is alkaline in nature due to the high concentration of bicarbonate ions. This is useful in neutralizing the acidic gastric acid, allowing for effective enzymic action.

Pancreatic juice secretion is regulated by the hormones secretin and cholecystokinin, which is produced by the walls of the duodenum upon detection of acid food, proteins and fats. Pancreatic secretion consists of an aqueous bicarbonate component from the duct cells and enzymatic component from the acinar cells. Insufficient stomach acid production, a condition known as 'Hypochlorhydria', is partly a result of methylation problems.

Methylation is dependent on sufficient availability of the B-Vitamins B6 and B12 and sufficient Methionine the amino acid. Methylation is discussed in more detail on the Nutritional Deficiencies page. It is usually caused by a progressive loss of the pancreatic cells that manufacture the digestive enzymes. This may be brought on by inflammation pancreatitis , pancreatic tumor, atrophy wasting away of the pancreas, gallstones cholelithitis , diabetes mellitus, Cystic Fibrosis CF or Shwachman-Diamond syndrome SDS.

In severe cases of EPI, fats such as triglycerides may well be elevated in the faeces as it has not been properly broken down and digested in the digestive tract. The body partly compensates for insufficient digestive enzyme production by 'stealing' from the immune system, thereby impairing the immune system. This has a knock on effect on muscular and joint integrity. Without sufficient essential and non-essential amino acids to use to repair and build the body, the patient can fall into a never-ending cycle of re-injury and susceptibility to new injuries, leading to muscle volume decrease and eventual immobility.

Two potential markers of protein malabsorption are the presence of elevated levels of the amino acids Anserine and 1-Methylhistidine in the urine. These come from food sources such as chicken, duck, rabbit, salmon, tuna etc. Amino acid analysis can be arranged from a variety of laboratories. Please see the Identification page and Nutritional Deficiencies page for further information.

Amino acids and the body's ability to break down protein and synthesise different amino acids including processes like methylation is essential in a huge number of bio-chemical processes in the body, besides building up tissue, including for example the synthesis of enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, antibodies, blood transport proteins and other vital types of protein; and in cellular energy production.

Enzymes are not just used in digestion but different enzymes play a huge number of different roles in the body, for example, breaking down inflammation or antioxidants.

A failure to break down proteins properly in the digestive tract and a failure to convert specific amino acids properly in sufficient quantities clearly has a huge effect on the biochemical and hormonal balance, and functioning and efficiency of many processes in the body. The cause of poor protein digestion is insufficient stomach acid hydrochloric acid and digestive enzyme production and excretion by the stomach and also pancreas into the small intestine.

A tell tale sign is frequent, pungent wind. Another effect of insufficient stomach acid and enzyme production is the inability to extract and absorb vital nutritional elements from food and even supplements, for example magnesium, calcium, zinc or potassium, and prolonged time food is spent in the stomach.

In addition, inefficient amino acid conversion and stress can result in the wasting of vital amino acids in the kidneys into the urine, for example, Taurine, which is required to effectively transport minerals into the tissues and cells. This can over long periods of time result in huge cellular nutritional element deficits.

Please see the Nutritional Deficiencies page for more information. Poor protein digestion can also result in peptide complexes attaching themselves to the mitochondrial membrane, perhaps causing mitochondrial clumping which in turn may disturb the function of the cytoskeleton within the cytoplasm of the cells. This does not normally affect translocator protein sites, but could affect ATP function in a more general way. More information on cell membrane congestion can be found in the identification , nutrition and toxicity pages.

Cytoskeleton is defined by wikipedia below. Saliva contains enzymes that help to break down food whilst it is still in the mouth. The purpose of chewing is not simply to break food into swallowable sized chunks and to titilate your taste buds. Chewing is a necessary part of digestion and it increases the surface area of the food to ensure it is digested properly further downstream. If food is swallowed in chunks rather than as a paste, then you are simply reducing the surface area of digestion.

The Edwardians went to great lengths to chew their food at mealtimes and stereotypically looked down and chewed sometimes up to times before swallowing! People were very concerned with health and digestion in those days. Now people are too impatient for everything and rush everything, not really savouring or experiencing the here and now in any detail.

A tell tale sign of improper or insufficient chewing is finding small pieces of undigested food in one's stool. If this happens to you, then remember to chew your food more. You might even taste it! Chewing also sends a signal to the brain to begin the sensation of being full. If one eats too quickly or does not chew one's food very much, then one may not feel full until one has overeaten. If you at any point perform a stool test, to check for levels of parasites, bad bacteria, candida, nutritional composition of one's stool etc, then during sample collection one may notice undigested pieces of food in one's stool.

This often occurs if these food types are not chewed properly. Certain food types may be more prone to avoiding chewing, such as lentils etc, as they are small, but it is important to chew these properly before swallowing.

One could significantly improve the quality of one's digestion merely by proper chewing. Please note that during a period of CFS or related conditions, one's level of regular physical activity may go up and down depending on a number of factors, for example how much energy one has.

This has a knock-on effect on one's resting metabolic rate. This in turn has an effect on one's digestion and rate of digestion, and hence appetite. A reduction in regular physical activity thus means that one needs to eat less often or smaller meals or both. If one rigidly sticks to the same routine or portion sizes, one my find oneself at times overloading one's stomach's capabilities, which could lead to severe digestive problems and unpleasantness as described above!

Overloading may result in meals being taken later and later, and an evening meal eaten too close to bedtime will often lead to a feeling of 'lead' in the stomach and an inability to get to sleep. Listen to your body and adapt accordingly.

It is probably sensible to eat one's meal slowly and savour the taste of what one is eating. Trying to be in the 'here and now'. Often, if one rushes a meal, then one isn't really focussed on what is going on, and the ego may then require a large quantity to get the same level of stimulation. One is in a sense tasting the memory rather than the actual taste of what is in the mouth. Eating more slowly may also help one to sense when one is becoming full. Often, when sitting down it is difficult to feel how full one is, and it is only when one stands up that one notices how full the stomach really is.

It may help to periodically stand up during the course of a meal to feel what is going on and to know when one is comfortably full. You are not going to get a pat on the back for doing this and often it will lead to overeating and training the mind to ignore what the body wants and how it feels, and to override this forcefully with this obsessive urge! You may find it useful to leave an amount of food on the plate after each meal in order to 'deprogram' this tendency.

If you do not produce enough stomach acid, then it may help your digestion to consume a food type that is acidic increase the acidity in your stomach and thus aid in the breakdown of protein and other nutrients. For example, bio-live natural yoghurt is slightly acidic and also contains probiotic bacteria.

If you are taking amino acid supplements, then their natural acidity will help your digestion but lowering the stomach contents pH and compensating for a lack of stomach acid - meaning you may not need to take so much Betaine HCl.

In general, when a strong base metal reacts with a strong acid e. HCl , then the resulting salt in neutral in solution. In addition, in general, when a strong base metal e. The converse is also true. Amino acid salts tend to have the word ending '-ate'. So Magnesium Glycinate amino acid salt of Magnesium is slightly alkaline in solution.

Sodium Ascorbate ascorbic acid vitamin C salt of magnesium is slightly alkaline in solution etc. Bear this in mind when combining your supplement intake with your meal. Some nutritionists are of the opinion that spinach is harder to digest than other vegetables, so if you have a problem with your stomach acid production and digestion in general, eating spinach regularly may not be such a good idea - it may be more sensible to stick to other vegetables.

A tip for aiding digestion is to avoid any activity that draws blood away from the stomach and intestines for at least one hour and preferably two hours after a meal. This includes heavy exercise and taking a hot bath or shower.

And also mental stress at any time of the day which diverts blood away from the digestive tract, reducing absorption rates and also oxygenation levels in the intestinal tract.

In addition, for an impaired digestive system, it is better to avoid large meals and instead eat smaller amounts more often, spreading out one's food intake as much as possible during the day. It is not particularly helpful to starve oneself for hours and then have a heavy meal. Heathly and light snacks can be consumed between meals, for example. Large meals can not only overload the digestive system but cause 'energetic damage' to the body's meridians. Overeating can also result in stretching of the colon, which can result in excessive built up of stool in the ascending colon.

A weak stomach may be more sensitive to aggressive inputs, for example, caffeine containing drinks, especially on an empty stomach. The stress response draws blood away from the digestive tract, and as such, it is generally a bad idea to eat a large meal when one is feeling stressed, as there will be less blood available to absorb nutrients and potentially less digestive enzyme production.

Vinegar suppresses enzyme production associated with starch digestion. This may be viewed as a good thing if one is dieting or a bad thing if one is eating the correct amount of food! Vinegar is also acidic, which may add to one's level of stomach acid if insufficient or result in excess acid consumption in those with enough stomach acid.

Whether the Brits came upon pouring vinegar on their chips French Fries by accident or not is another matter! However, excess undigested or partially digested starch in the digestive tract is likely to be broken down by bad bacteria which is not a good thing. The prolonged period of passage through the digestive tract may result in more decomposition of the food and may use up more energy during this prolonged digestion process. Some people have the reverse problem, in that their stomach's produce too much acid, rather than too little, i.

This is not as common as producing too little stomach acid amongst sufferers of CFS and related conditions. It is often caused by a high junk food or acidic food intake fried foods, excessive consumption of red meats and processed meats, sweets, etc. Simply shifting the diet away from these food types and eating more salads, fruit, vegetables etc, will often cure the problem. However, additional steps can be taken to alleviate symptoms. Various antacid tablets are available from chemists, but these tend to produce a great deal of CO2 i.

The more natural and nutritionally beneficial approach is to take an alkaline substance such as an algae like chlorella or spirulina, or perhaps some magnesium supplements all of which are alkaline in nature. Drinking additional water will also help to dilute the stomach acid ionised water is slightly alkaline also. Taking stomach acid production suppressants is a rather short sighted way of curing the problem, as often people will take these so that they don't have to improve their diet. Please also note that if you were taking a urine test or tests, these require you to avoid supplementation for up to 5 days prior to the day of collection.

This may be particularly tough on your digestive system, as without any additional acid or enzymes in the stomach, your stomach may struggle to cope with high protein meals, oily meals or large meals, and you may feel very uncomfortable and bloated at each meal depending on the state of your digestive system.

As well as being in some cases an endurance exercise, it can also put too much stress on your digestive system and actually dramatically worsen the quality of your digestion just over a couple of days. You may also want to discuss which alternative tests may be as or more useful in your particular case.

Whilst treating the body as a whole, and specifically the methylation processes involved in the production of stomach acid e. Methods to achieve this are described below in the following sections. A gradual decline in stomach acid and digestive enzyme production is sometimes observed in the elderly, and is alleviated through supplementation.

However, in the case of CFS patients, this decline occurs whilst still young and its onset much more rapidly. It should be noted that the every person's body clock tends to be different. However, it is often a case of the actual time being out of synch in each individual. Most people tend to have the coldest body temperature in the mornings, and gradually warming up during the afternoon and evening.

Conversely, blood pressure is often highest in the mornings, during the first 3 hours after waking usually between 8 and 11a. In the evenings, whilst the body temperature is higher, the body tends to be want to gearing down for sleep. The optimum time for exercise is usually in the mid-afternoon or early evening.

Exercising first thing in the morning is usually a bad idea as it puts the most stress on the heart and metabolism, which is why most people have heart attacks in the early or mid morning if they are going to have a heart attack. Applying this to meals, it is considered by many scientists, but not all, that one should eat more of one's calorific intake in the former part of the day with less in the latter part of the day, as one's insulin is not produced in such large quantities in the evening.

Eating large meals in the evening may therefore result in spikes in one's blood sugar levels; and really the calories are more useful earlier in the day. As stated, it may be better to eat smaller meals and more often, and to avoid the general trend in Western Industrialised countries for a large and late evening meal which is more of a social ritual than a biological driven requirement.

Your exact metabolism will however dictate what types of foods you can digest and when, and as stated in the Food Combining section further below, carbohydrates and oils are best consumed earlier in the day with protein later on when the stomach has adjusted and is ready for it.

Please note that taking additional digestive enzymes and Betaine HCl and readily assimilated protein supplements will not actually encourage your stomach to produce more acid or enzymes. It is just relieving symptoms of poor protein digestion and allowing the body to assimilate more nutrients from your food. It will not compensate for the lack of enzyme production in the pancreas, but only the stomach. It is in effect alleviating a side effect of your current condition to an extent.

As mentioned above, curing protein digestive problems in stomach and intestinal tract requires treatment on many fronts, including nutritional deficiencies, hormonal dysfunction, spleen energetic deficiency etc, and may involve complimentary therapies as well as supplementation. Some patients may require temporary supplementation with a specific amino-acid, depending on his amino acid test results, for example.

Some complementary therapies that work on the body's qi energy levels as outlined on the energetic therapies page. Betaine HCl capsules form additional hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Betaine, also known as trimethylglycine TMG , is derived from sugar beet. Betaine has many commercial uses for example as a homocysteine regulator and a restorer of the body's osmotic balance.

TMG is a methyl-group donor and can be used to treat high homocysteine levels, turning it into methionine and itself into DMG dimethylglycine - please see the Nutritional page for more information. TMG is commonly used with the amino acid lysine in livestock to decrease fat and increase muscle mass, although this effect has not been observed in humans with TMG. Stomach acid contains hydrochloric acid HCl. Betaine HCl releases HCl into the stomach when dissolving in the stomach juices.

The stomach lining is protected under normal circumstances against acidity by the protective mucus lining. However, too much acid in the stomach may cause considerable discomfort and pain heart burn.

Betaine HCl is probably the only convenient way of getting more HCl into the stomach drinking HCl solution is NOT an option, and would not only burn your throat and oesophagus lining but cause extensive damage to your teeth if consumed regularly. Please see the links below for more information on betaine and betaine HCl.

Many brands of Betaine HCl capsules also contain the digestive enzyme Pepsin, to assist in protein digestion, e. When one feels heart burn not harmful to health , then one has taken slightly too much, and next time one has a similar meal intake, one should take slightly less.

If you do take slightly too much, then the sensation heartburn can be a little uncomfortable and last for hours. You can however immediately rectify the situation and reduce the amount of acidity slightly by taking a small amount of an alkaline substance to lower the pH in the stomach such as an algae like spirulina or chlorella, or a chelated strong metal supplement, e.

It is probably better if you need to perform this stomach acid correction regularly once or more a day that you take magnesium rather than algae, as algae has a cold energy property which may affect your energetic balance if too much is taken daily. This is not an issue with magnesium, although excessive magnesium more than the daily requirement may cause a little loosening of the stools - patients are likely taking close to their maximum daily dosage of magnesium already.

One may of course elect to only take the magnesium supplement once one has taken the Betaine HCl and other supplements for that meal, and evaluate how much one needs to take.

It is best to be accurate in your assessment of how much Betaine HCl you require in the first place of course. You may need to tailor the amount of Betaine HCl you take according to what type of foods you are eating. For high protein meals, slightly more is required, and for low protein meals, then a lesser amount is required.

This is something you have to feel yourself. You may also require additional Betaine HCl capsule s during the night, perhaps at 3 or 4am, if you happen to have woken up at this time and feel that your stomach feels slightly uncomfortable. You may perhaps find that after taking the extra Betaine HCl that your stomach 'gurgles' i.

This is perfectly normal! It should however be noted that the average person's diet is overly acidic, resulting in too high a blood pH, known as acidosis - a major contributor to ill health. Sufferers of CFS also do often tend to have excessive blood and tissue acidity anyway, so whilst it may be more practical to close to one's maximum amount of Betaine HCl at meal times and in between to facilitate digestion, it may not be a sensible idea to do so in terms of promoting a healthy blood pH.

It may therefore be a sensible compromise to take only as much Betaine HCl as you strictly need to take and no more. Those with impaired digestive systems are usually able to comfortably eat 'within their limits' relative to food volumes and types, but if one crosses the limit even a little, the effect can often be disproportionately negative, not only on the stomach but also on the small intestine.

For example, if you eat too much quantity, a very heavy protein meal or a very oily meal, your stomach may not feel very happy at all and the food may remain in your stomach, feeling bloated, for a long period of time, regardless of how much Betaine HCl you take. This feeling may continue in your small intestine even after the stomach finally becomes empty and may last several days. When this happens, the stomach's and small intestine's energy levels take a bit of a battering and the stomach's ability to produce acid is greatly impaired, and if you repeat the same level of abuse the next day, the same will happen, probably a little worse.

This may severely impact your energy levels. Affecting your stomach's energetic balance in this way often affects your hormonal balance, and in particular your balance of adrenal hormones to melatonin, affecting your ability to sleep for a night or perhaps two. As with many aspects of CFS, building the stomach's resilience back up again can take a long time indeed. It is therefore recommended to understand your limits, listen to your body, use your common sense and exercise self-discipline.

Sometimes it is worth resisting that temptation to have a little more of something or an extra 'course', as 30 seconds of pleasure can result in hours or days of extreme discomfort.

As you can appreciate, even crossing your limits and taking enough Betaine HCl can be very problematic. If you are taking no Betaine HCl at all, e. However everyone is different of course and this is something you will have to figure out yourself. If you do happen to eat too much of a particular food type or too large a quantity during a meal, and your stomach struggles to cope, it may be advisable to treat your stomach gently for the next few days at least, with smaller portions, enough time in between snacks and meals to digest the food, and food types that are easy to digest e.

In certain instances, particular healthy food types that have not been a problem, may over time and after perhaps a couple of years of abundant consumption, may start to create problems for the stomach in large quantities , even when harmful micro-organisms such as parasites and candida are not prolific in the body, and so not causing food allergies.

There may be other reasons why the stomach does not react well to them. The result may be a feeling of having eaten some lead weights! And a total inability for the stomach to break it down and allow food to pass into the small intestine and to get to sleep that night. And the addition of additional Betaine HCl does not help; affecting your stomach's energetic balance in this way often affects your hormonal balance, and in particular your balance of adrenal hormones to melatonin.

In such instances, it is best to avoid that particular food type for a while and perhaps slowly reintroduce it at a later date if desired. This may have been on account of a sensitivity to higher toxin levels.

Or perhaps related to the protein type. I had this problem with fish for a period of 12 months or so, both line caught and also farmed, but after this time the digestive system seemed to tolerate it. Similarly, I tolerated milk whey protein and eggs quite well in the past, but at the time of writing, have found that dairy products are significantly harder to digest than either meat, fish, beans or vegetables, and for this reason, and other reasons TCM recommendations avoid dairy products where possible at the present moment at the time of writing.

As stated below, some people argue that the consumption of dairy products is not 'natural'! It is expected that around 3g mg of Histidine is required at a time, but it may vary according to the individual.

Zinc, Folic Acid and Vitamin B12 also play a part in stomach acid production as discussed on the Nutrition page. I have found that most brands are not effectively utilised by the body, and that a good brand of digestive enzymes to try is Integrative Therapeutics formerly Tyler Encapsulations Similase. Similase contains a variety of different digestive enzymes such as protease, amylase, cellulase, lipase, phytase, lactase, invertase sucrase , malt diastase maltase.

Nutri resold it under its own brand, but as of September changed the formula to an inferior formula not produced by Integrative Therapeutics the Protease preparation method changed from USP XXII method to FCC method, but the product does not perform at all well kinesiologically now - the packaging states that it now contains traces of dairy.

Some brands of Betaine HCl contain additional ingredients such as digestive enzymes or herbs to aid in digestion. Pepsin is a digestive protease released by the chief cells in the stomach that functions to degrade food proteins into peptides. Additional Pepsin may well help digestion. The majority of digestive enzyme supplements are manufactured from plant sources. Animal sourced digestive enzymes are also available. When comparing digestive enzymes, one should take into account the number of different digestive enzymes, their respective concentrations and the overall quality of the supplement.

Which supplements work for you can of course be determined kinesiologically by a qualified specialist. Enzymes are not just involved in processes such as digestion, but in other essential biochemical processes in different parts of the body, for example, metabolism and oxidation of water soluble toxins.

Enzyme supplements can take various forms, not only digestive enzymes but also enzymes for easing inflammation of the tissues. It is also important to consume plant-based enzymes in our food, without overcooking.

These herbs are examined below. Forskolin yes I did write Forskolin and not! It is the main active ingredient in the Ayurvedic herb Coleus forskohlii. Coleus is a member of the mint family and grows in subtropical areas in India, Burma, and Thailand.

It has been used in ancient Asia a wide variety of ailments, especially painful urinations. Forskolin helps by enhancing cellular activity in the bladder wall and in this way, the hiding bacteria are flushed out into the bladder or urine, where they can be killed off by anti-microbial herbs.

In much of the gastrointestinal tract, smooth muscles contract in sequence to produce a peristaltic wave which forces a ball of food called a bolus while in the esophagus and gastrointestinal tract and chyme in the stomach along the gastrointestinal tract. Peristaltic movement is initiated by circular smooth muscles contracting behind the chewed material to prevent it from moving back into the mouth, followed by a contraction of longitudinal smooth muscles which pushes the digested food forward.

Of course peristalsis may be assisted with the use of herbs but to what extent this helps with the coordination of muscle movements, I am not sure. A lack of Peristalsis may be a result of poor diet, build up of mucoid plaque, a low blood supply and 'qi level' of the small and large intestines and abnormal brainstem activity. Intestinal peristalsis can be stimulated by various Energetic Treatments and also herbal products discussed below.

Please note that one does not want to encourage too much peristalsis either, as it may result in food passing through the digestive tract too quick and not being properly digested. It may also result in diarrhoea. You may need to experiment a little to find the optimum balance of number and size of bowel movements, stool solidity and extent of digestion. There are various herbs for promoting peristaltic motion.

They should be taken with meals, and in small doses, usually 3 times a day. If you take too large a dosage of these herbs, then there will be too much peristaltic motion and accompanying diarrhea and too rapid a motion of food through the intestines. This can result in partially undigested food particles in one's diarrhea also, a sign of insufficient digestion time and reduced absorption of nutrients from one's food.

Taking Magnesium in addition may also help to loose the stools a little in lieu of these herbs, to assist in the motion of stool through the intestines, although of course, too watery or loose stools is not desirable. The leaves of various members of the Aloes family are regarded as being the most powerful herbs for promoting peristalsis, and are sometimes referred to as laxative herbs. Do not underestimate their potency! Cape Aloe Aloe ferox - related to Aloe vera Aloe barbadensis ; Cascara segrada is regarded by some as the 'second' most powerful herb for promoting peristalsis; Sennae folium Cassia angustifolia is regarded by some as the 'third' most powerful herb for promoting peristalsis.

I have found it effective in promoting peristalsis. Co-Ton A is a very powerful product, and as well as it's intestinal function, taking 2 capsules with a meal may mean you need to take less Betaine HCl for that meal. It can also help with reducing hypertension high blood pressure. More information is available at the link below. One drawback of the Co-Ton A product is the Cayenne pepper component. Whilst some natural health professionals recommend it in certain instances, e.

Dr Richard Schulze, there are a number of drawbacks. Firstly, Cayenne Pepper contains Capsaicin, a type of Vanilloid, which gives it its hot property. This heat may imbalance the energetic system according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition, Capsaicin will stimulate the Vanilloid Receptors, resulting in increased Nitric Oxide release.

A significant proportion of CFS, ME and Fibromyalgia sufferers are likely to have elevated Nitric Oxide and Peroxynitrite levels, resulting in a vicious circle of oxidative stress. This is examined on the Nitric Oxide page. In addition, Cayenne Pepper stimulates the adrenal glands and if one is already taking Adaptogenic herbs , then the additional Cayenne Pepper may serve to cause insomnia.

The Cayenne is included to assist in increasing blood circulation. This contains Curacao and Cape Aloe leaf, Aloe barbadensis and Aloe capensis or ferox, Senna leaves and pods Cassia angustifolia , Cascara Sagrada aged bark Rhamnus purshiana , Barberry root bark Berberis vulgaris , Ginger rhizome Zingiber officinalis , Garlic bulb Allium sativum , and Habanero peppers Capsicum species.

This comes in dry form, and pre-soaking and boiling for 20 minutes is required to prepare it. Whether this is true in humans I do not know, but it is plausible. Kola nuts of course contain caffeine, and are an astringent and diuretic. Herbs that stimulate the liver and gallbladder and bile production may also assist with general digestion, as the liver performs a vital role in digestion, especially with regards to the digestion of fats.

Please see the Herbs section on the Toxicity page for further information. Each herb has a specific purpose and a specific mixture of herbs may be recommended by your specialist. Plant extracts from leaves are relatively easy to dissolve into water, but the harder parts, for example, roots, require soaking overnight and simmering in water. The quality and strength of herbs may vary from supplier to supplier. In general, fresh, organic herbs are ideal. Tinctures in general tend to be more readily absorbed than dry capsules.

Whilst the leafy parts of a plant may be readily absorbed in the form of a tea or when consumed as a capsule, the roots of plants are much harder and may not be absorbed very well, even when ground up, and so may require prolonged boiling or their vital ingredients extracted using alcohol. This is why many Chinese herbs are boiled for 30 minutes prior to consumption. This may not however be very practical! Slightly cheaper or less potent variants of herbs or plants may be used.

Non-organic herbs may be lower in active ingredients in any case and coated with small concentrations of herbicides and pesticides. An article from The Weston A. Price Foundation's web site on the subject of the benefits of Gelatin can found be at the link below.

Manufactured gelatin may contain small amounts of MSG some do not and so freshly prepared stock is better although requiring hours boiling! Gelatin is normally derived from cows and sometimes pigs.

Gelatin does not occur naturally in animal tissue. CT scans are also sometimes done to look at the anatomy of your internal organs. A more complicated test may be used if the doctor suspects that a gallstone is lodged in a bile duct. Commonly known by the acronym ERCP, this test allows the doctor to look at the bile duct through a small flexible tube called an endoscope.

The doctor sprays the back of the patient's throat with an anesthetic drug to prevent gagging, sedates the patient, and passes the endoscope into the mouth , through the stomach , and into the area of the small intestine where the bile duct enters. Dye is injected through the tube and into the bile duct, and then the doctor takes X-rays.

Stone removal can be done during this procedure as well. The procedure takes about an hour. In most cases, treatment of gallstones is considered necessary only if you are having symptoms. Of the various conventional treatments that are available, surgical removal of the gallbladder is the most widely used. Some alternative treatments have also been found to be effective in alleviating the symptoms of troublesome gallstones.

When deciding what course of action to take for symptomatic gallstones, doctors usually choose from among three main treatment options: Watchful waiting, nonsurgical therapy, and surgical removal of the gallbladder. Though a gallstone episode can be extremely painful or frightening, almost a third to half of all people who experience an attack never have a recurrence. In some cases, the stone dissolves or becomes dislodged and thereby resumes its "silence. Even when the patient has had repeated gallstone episodes, the doctor may postpone treatment or surgery because of other health concerns.

If your surgery has been delayed, you should remain under a doctor's care and report any recurrences of gallstone symptoms immediately. If you are unable or unwilling to go through surgery for a gallstone problem that requires treatment, your doctor may recommend one of several noninvasive techniques. Flax seeds strengthen the immune system by reducing nerve damage and by triggering nerve impulses.

Lowering of high blood pressure can be achieved with the regular consumption of flax seeds. Flax seeds promote healthy skin, healthy hair and healthy nail growth. Flax seed benefits include boosting of circulatory system, nervous system and reproductive system too. Increased rate of calcium absorption in the body is noticed after regular use of flax seeds in the diet.

They help strengthen the joints, increase energy level and stamina. Flax seeds enhance the release of endorphins making you more happy, and thus helping you fight depression. Dietary fibers present, make flax seeds great laxative, which help to prevent constipation.

It is always best to have ground flaxseed instead of whole flaxseed because whole flaxseed are sometimes not digested by the intestine and it just passes through. Therefore it gives your body no nutritional benefits. Moreover, ground flaxseed is easy to digest and contains enough fiber to meet your dietary requirements. You can also purchase flaxseed oil and there are many benefits of flaxseed oil for men.

Whenever you purchase ground flaxseed make sure that it is organic. Organic ground flaxseed benefits is much higher than the normal variety. This was all about ground flaxseed benefits. As we have seen there are many benefits of ground flaxseed and it is best to add them to your diet.

Since ground flaxseed gets more easily absorbed by our body than the whole variety, you can grind them in a grinder before consuming them. Just add a tablespoon or two to your breakfast cereal or add it to regular flour. To store ground flaxseed place it in an air tight container and put it inside the refrigerator. Ground flaxseed goes rancid quickly, so make sure that you use it quickly or grind up a smaller batch. They say too much of anything isn't good. When it comes to flax seed, some people may experience some health concerns instead of benefits.

This is why experts say that it is better to consume flax seed in small quantities rather than consuming it in large quantities. Have a look at some of the most commonly observed side effects of flax seed mentioned below.

Indigestion Consuming too much of flax seed can cause indigestion and lead to symptoms like bloating, diarrhea, abdominal pain, flatulence and cramps. In fact, people who start consuming flax seed, and introduce it for the first time in their diet, mostly suffer from indigestion.

Obstruction in Digestive Tract Another side effect of flax seed is that it can cause significant obstruction in the digestive tract and even the throat of a person. This happens specially in cases wherein people consume it in the powdered form. Flax seed tends to swell up when consumed and tends to get stuck in the digestive tract creating an obstruction, therefore you should consume a lot of water while consuming it to avoid this side effect.

Laxative Effects on the Body Flax seed is known to have a laxative effect on the body as it tends to increase the bowel movements of a person which can result in diarrhea.

Therefore, if you are suffering from certain intestinal problems like inflammatory bowel disease IBD , stomach ulcers, Crohn's disease, then it is advisable not to consume flax seed. In rare cases, the use of this seed may induce bleeding in the brain.

This is known as hemorrhagic stroke, clinically. The classic symptoms include changes in vision, weakness, feeling of numbness in limbs, severe headache and changes in speech. Gastrointestinal bleeding may also be one of the severe side effects of flaxseed oil pills.

This may be indicated by black or tarry stools. In some cases, there might be a small amount of bright red blood in the stool. Other Blood Disorders Consumption of flax seed also makes a person prone to suffer from blood related problems.

This is why experts advice people with bleeding disorders, or people those who are consuming blood thinners, not to go for flax seed as it tends to increase blood clotting. It is also not advisable to include this in your diet if you are about to go for some dental or surgical procedure. Some people may suffer from hives, swelling, wheezing and trouble breathing after taking the flaxseed oil or the seed. These flaxseed side effects are a manifestation of an allergic reaction.

Flaxseed is also known to slow down the process of blood clotting and hence, this increases the risk of heavy bleeding and easy bruising. Don't eat raw or unripe flaxseed. Flaxseed in these forms is thought to be poisonous. Don't use flaxseed oil to cook since the heat changes the healthy fat into toxic fat that causes harm. Instead, most people find that adding the oil to a dish that's already cooked can enhance the flavor and add many beneficial nutrients to the diet.

Flaxseed can act like the hormone estrogen. Some healthcare providers worry that this might harm the pregnancy, although to date there is no reliable clinical evidence about the effects of flaxseed on pregnancy outcomes. The effect of flaxseed on breast-fed infants is unknown at this time. Stay on the safe side, and don't use flaxseed if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Other Health Conditions Apart from the aforementioned side effects, other possible side effects of consuming flax seed include, allergic reactions, changes in the menstrual cycle in women, as flax seed also affects the estrogen levels in the body causing hormonal imbalance.

Some say that flax seed also triggers thyroid problems in people. Therefore, you must consult with your doctor about your individual health condition and the doses are safe to consume, if you have to consume it at all!

I have not been hospitalized or been to the ER as I had in the past. I started taking flaxseed oil to reduce cholesterol, after a period of time I switched to ground flaxseed for the added benefit of fibre and realized that it was a big help for night sweats. I mix 2 tbsps. I use flaxseed for pain in my joints. And it works like a lubricate, making easier to go up and down the stairs with esae.

Yes, Ready to eat Flax seed The fiber in flaxseed binds with water, swelling to form a gel which, like other forms of fiber, helps soften the stool and move it along in the intestines.

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