While discussing my ketogenic diet and fasting protcocol with a friend earlier this year, she recommended flax seed oil due to being high in omega 3s. I did some reading and found that the types of omega 3s found in flax oil aren’t absorbed especially well by the human body. I decided to stick with fish oil supplements for getting adequate omega 3s.
But then she gave me a partial bottle of Nature’s Way Flax Oil Super Lignan. (She’s moving and the stuff needs to stay refrigerated, so rather than throwing it away, she gave it to me.)
I took some of that flax oil with food last night and the night before. When testing my blood ketones and blood glucose in the morning after consuming the flax oil, I obtained some surprising results.
These were my blood glucose readings (in mg/dL) from my Contour Next for the five mornings preceding my consumption of flax oil: 103, 108, 100, 101, 95
And after: 83, 87
Blood ketones (in mmol/L) for the same five mornings preceding the consumption of flax oil (measured with Keto Mojo meter): 1.2, 1.5, 1.4, 1.1, 1.0
And after: 4.0, 5.7
These are some pretty significant changes! That reading of 4.0 was, on the day that I took it, the second highest reading that I had ever seen. The highest reading of 4.8 had occurred after fasting for two days at the end of which I also did a six mile hike. Today’s BK reading of 5.7 is a new personal high. I thought that the reading of 4.0 might be a fluke, so I did a second test using a Precision Xtra meter. I got 3.9, so no fluke.
I can’t say for certain that it’s the flax oil as I’ve also recently begun taking a probiotic and inulin, however I started these several days prior to first taking flax oil.
I’m going to not take flax oil this evening. My hypothesis is that my BK and BG readings for tomorrow morning will be back in my normal range of morning readings.