Saturday, December 13, 2008

Et tu Flaxseed?

Disclaimer: I ain't a Dr. or a nutritionist and I don't know what the hell I'm talking about, so don't read too much into this.

So I was making my morning bowl of oatmeal the other day.... I'm already resentful that I'm using milk to make it rather than soy milk (it's just better with soy milk). And as I got my ground flaxseed out of the fridge to add to my oatmeal, I thought about the wonderfulness of flax:

ALA Omega-3's
Fiber
A little protein
Reported cancer fighting abilities
Lignans
Help regulating thyroid*
Fewer allergies (Really, I haven't had sinus problems since I started taking it and I usually get walloped by them a couple times a year.)

But why do I have fewer allergies? I don't know exactly, but I think it has something to do with flaxseed's anti inflammatory properties... wait, what? ANTI INFLAMMATORY! Ovulation is an inflammatory process. You need inflammation to ovulate. That's why you are suppose to watch how much NSAID (advil, asprin, etc.) pain reliever you take.

So I have done a bit of research and the jury's still out... this paper thinks flaxseed helps ovulation and lengthens the LP (but it's very weak paper). And this one says I'm screwed because I'm a vegetarian (there is also a blurb in this one about eating soy and how it has been found to extend the FP, hence why I'm skipping soy this cycle). I don't know what to think anymore.

So, I guess I'm going to cut back on the flaxseed until I get to the LP or find some real evidence that it will help me O. Breakfast is really starting to suck.

*Please do your own research on this and talk to a dr. before using flax for this reason... too much flax could be a very bad thing for thyroids. I informed my Dr. about my use of flax and also had my thyroid tested while on flaxseed to make sure that things still worked alright.

2 comments:

Celia said...

I used flaxseed all the time,and my RE had me cut way back. I had to switch to fish oil from flaxseed oil pills and I cut back on using flaxseed oil for salads.I used it in pancakes and waffles too.

sigh. Do you think I should give up my occasional soy butter? Because it is damn tasty. Plus I have been eating tofuky sandwiches for lunch everyday. I hate this.

Amanda said...

Celia, I would continue on your diet unless you decide it's time to do something different. So maybe you should keep doing what you do for a couple more months to give it a good try.

If those months go by and your not happy with how things are going, then I would recommend giving something else a try.

I'm going to add a link to the Newsweek Fertility Diet article to my side bar. Read it if you haven't. It might give you some ideas. It flat out says that plant protein (vs. animal protein) may help ovulatory infertility.

I'm still trying to figure all this out but I'll be sure to update my blog if I ever get any results.