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Flaxseed Helps Hypertensives

Flaxseed shown to lower blood pressure.

It was a small study, but the results a very encouraging! Over 100 patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) went on a diet containing 30 g of milled flaxseed in foods or a placebo for 6 months. At the end of this double-blind, randomized trial those in the flaxseed group had lower systolic and diastolic pressures than those on the placebo (10 mm Hg and 7 mm Hg, respectively). Those with higher blood pressures saw the greatest benefit.

PositiveTip: Struggling with hypertension? Try some flaxseed in your diet.

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Flaxseed Diet Gives Hens Less Severe Ovarian Tumors

Diets enhanced with ground flaxseed helped control ovarian tumors in hens.

Preliminary research shows that a flaxseed-supplemented diet in hens may decrease the severity of ovarian cancer. Adding flaxseed to your diet may provide health benefits, but research is still quite limited on the effectiveness and safety of high amounts of it. These researchers found that hens eating a diet of more than 10% flaxseed (equivalent to 10 tablespoons per day in a human diet) developed liver damage. Flaxseed can also slow or decrease absorption of certain medications.

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Flaxseed, Not Oil, Could Help Lower Your Cholesterol

Flaxseed consumption may be a helpful dietary approach for lowering total and LDL-cholesterol.

Flaxseed is the richest plant source of alpha-linolenic acid and dietary lignans, a soluble dietary fiber. A number of clinical trials have investigated the effects of flaxseed and flaxseed-derived products on blood lipids, but the findings have been inconsistent. Researchers pooled the results of 28 such studies in a meta-analysis to assess the impact of these food products on humans. The median dose was 2-3 tablespoons per day of flaxseed in various forms. Interventions using whole ground flaxseed produced significant reductions in total-cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol (bad kind), but flaxseed oil did not.