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Personalize your nutrition.  If you have nutrition questions, this site allows you to chat with Registered Dietitian and Certified Wellness Coach from the Avera Heart Hospital, Nikki Ver Steeg about diet and lifestyle modification.

Personalized nutrition means personal success.

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Q: What is the daily dosage of flaxseed and how should I eat it?
Dean,   Marshall, MN

A: Flaxseed contains ALA which is alpha-linolenic acid a plant form of omega 3 fatty acids. It is generally recommended for people to consume 1-2 Tablespoons of ground flax daily. It is important to start slowly with ½ tablespoon and gradually increase the dose to avoid intestinal upset. Flax seeds have a hard outer crust that prevents the body from digesting the whole seed, therefore it is important to grind the flaxseed using either a coffee grinder or food processor before eating to get the most health benefits. Flax is available in either brown or golden colors but either color has the same health benefits.

If you have any questions or problems always see your health care provider.


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