ground flax seed and diverticulitis

ground flax seed and diverticulitis

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Snow White

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#1 Apr 29, 2010
I have read that ground flax seed is very good for people who have diver disease. Any one hear this? And if so, how is it that it doesn't get stuck in those retched pockets?

Since: Apr 10

Mount Kisco, NY

#2 Apr 30, 2010
Snow White wrote:
I have read that ground flax seed is very good for people who have diver disease. Any one hear this? And if so, how is it that it doesn't get stuck in those retched pockets?
It will get stuck in your pockets. This is what's working for me, so well, that I am posting it like crazy. If you can't find this stuff in your local health food store, order it on line.
Well, if the doc is recommending surgery, then there must be a reason. Really, I just joined to post some preventative info to people are not at that point yet. I'm not sure if it will help people who are close to surgery. Anyway, after suffering for a full year and trying various natural and drug cures, I think I have finally found something that works. I've been fine for close to three months now and am actually feeling like my old self. I am using the Original Colon Cleanse by Health Plus, but I am using it like they recommend for the weight management system. I was using it before, but not following the weight management instructions because I wasn't trying to lose weight. Well, I don't know what made me decide to follow those instructions instead of the colon cleanse regimen, but I did and my results are so positive, I wanted to share them with others, because this disease is horrible!!!! Basically, you take one tablespoon of the colon cleanse at least 30 mins. prior to eating each meal. Two things are critical to this working I found: 1) Use a cooking tablespoon. Do not use a regular tablespoon. You must use the exact right amount. 2)Don't try to substitute another colon cleanse product that's cheaper..LOL. been there, done that and it sucked! you must use the original by this company. i do not work for them! i'm just telling you because i tried substitutes and the results were not good. no more experimenting for me. Lastly, remember to take it 30 minutes before eating. I know this can be difficult while traveling (the pills will not work, it must be the original colon cleanse blend and not one of their other products!), but you can measure into a plastic baggie like i do and take it with you, buy a water or juice and pour it in...shake and drink. I am sharing this because so many people need help and I have been there and nobody seems to know, not even doctors, how to help people with diverticulitis. This is my good deed for the day.
Golden Flax 4U

Salt Lake City, UT

#3 May 4, 2011
Some of our customers suffer from diver diseases and whether or not the flax seed is sticking in the pockets of the colon, depends on how long they grind the flax seed. When the mill is more fine they seem to not have any issues.

For more information, we have a great article on our website written by Dr. Kane. Here is the link to our article...

Please visit us at if you have any questions.

Stoke-on-trent, UK

#4 May 6, 2011
Golden Flax 4U

Would you please point me in the direction of any published clinical trials which show any benefits of flax seeds for sufferers of Diverticular Disease.

The bibliography provided in your above article refers only to literature provided by the alternative health industry.

Flax seeds contain fibre and have a laxative effect in the colon. Many other less expensive things have the same effect. However, they do not have some of the bad side effects that you fail to mention in your advertisement.

Trolling self-help forums to advertise your so-called miracle cures to people who are suffering is something which should be made illegal.

United States

#5 May 6, 2011
Thank you Gillian, very well said!!!!!!

Tampa, FL

#6 May 8, 2011
I am astounded that this would be posted. You go Gillian.

Duncan, Canada

#7 Nov 29, 2011
I've been grinding up flax seed in a coffee grinder. My mother told me about it (she's a biology professor). Apparently it's in wide use in some nursing homes in southern Ontario and works like a charm. I've just statrted taking it. It's very cheap at my grocery store- 29 cents for 100 grams. Soluble and insoluble fibre.

Newmarket, Canada

#8 Nov 30, 2011
I too use ground flax seed, once it is finely ground it becomes a powder and will mix into any liquid with no lumps at all and is an excellent natural laxative. It has many other health benefits too and, as Bob says above, is not expensive. My husband makes me a shake every day with strawberries (which have tiny seeds but I have never had a problem with, some milk, a thick slice of avocado, natural organic yoghurt,some whey protein and ground flaxseed. It is delicious, smooth and very nutritious... and I LOVE it! So be kind to flaxseed :)

Fairbanks, AK

#9 Jan 25, 2012
Bob, Joy, how much ground flaxseed do you use and do you only take it in the morning?
The Duder

Seattle, WA

#10 Oct 18, 2012
The notion of seeds and other food debris getting stuck in the diverticulae seems to be a myth. Popular medicine is moving away from such antiquated advise. You'll be hard pressed to find any doctor that has ever witnessed a seed, nut or other food material being lodged within the diverticulae, it is almost always bile whiich causes the infection. Of course, there may be some other reason as to why a particular food is causing irritation to your gut, so if you've found something that is working for you, stick with it.

As for myself, nothing works and I've tried it all. I've gone high fiber, aloe juice, probiotics, fish oil, vitamins, lots of water, no nuts, no seeds, no citric acid and no nightshades, but in the end I always wind up back at diverticulitis. Some of these things have helped, but you just have to try them for yourself and see what works for you. There's no magic bullet and some of us are just suffering the fate of a genetic predisposition. I'm only 32 and I've had 7 flares in 1.5 years and I was always a healthy guy who exercised and ate plenty of veggies, so go figure.

Next up on my adventures in ending this nightmare is papaya extract, peppermint oil, slippery elm bark powder and acupuncture. Hopefully I'll find something that works for me, or else I'm giving up and getting resection surgery.

Good luck fellow gut wrenchers and may you find your own relief somehow.

Burlington, Canada

#11 Jun 7, 2013
Nooo That's what made me worse!
Suffering so much from it .....

Burlington, Canada

#12 Jun 7, 2013
Noooooooo! That's what made it worse for me , after a long time of taking flaxseed and with pgx it made it worse causing me to have a bad attack:(
Mike G

San Jose, CA

#13 Aug 24, 2013
I had my fist attack in June '13. I still feel terrible. My buddy suggested boiling brown flax seeds and drinking the clear, slimy oil. He suggested it slimed over the diver and cuts off infection. Anyone try this?

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