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Flaxseeds Incredible Health Benefits

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 5:29 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak
FlaxseedsThe benefits of flaxseeds have been known for many years but the even better news is that studies continue to discover new benefits from this wonderful tiny seed. Multiple studies have shown that flaxseeds may help reduce risks of cardiovascular disease, lung disease, and diabetes, and more recent research is investigating flaxseed’s ability to lower high cholesterol.

Flaxseeds contain three important components which are considered essential for optimal health: omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, and fiber. Many people like to sprinkle flaxseeds into their salads, sandwiches, or soups but if that doesn’t sound like a good option for you, no problem. Today, companies are adding flaxseeds to all sorts of foods, from breads to crackers, oatmeal to nutritional bars, giving you an extensive variety of options to obtain your daily dosage of flaxseeds from.

A recent study from Iowa State University’s Nutrition and Wellness Research Center (NWRC) shows a new potential benefit from flaxseeds as researchers discovered it may be able to lower high cholesterol in men, creating a more natural option than cholesterol-lowering drugs. The study examined the effects of flaxseed lignan in 90 people diagnosed with high cholesterol but no other underlying health conditions. The results showed that consuming at least 150 milligrams of flaxseed lignans per day decreased cholesterol in men by around 10 percent over the three months. The participants were divided into three groups and were randomly assigned to daily consume flaxseed lignans for 12 weeks. Interestingly enough, the study points out that flaxseeds had no cholesterol-lowering effect in women, as the flaxseed lignans did not produce a significant change in cholesterol levels in women.

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