Eating flaxseed is associated with reduced blood pressure in people with hypertension (high blood pressure), according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2012.
Flaxseed: What is it?
“Flaxseed is a grain that contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids (so-called “good fat”), and fiber,” notes Simon C. Jung MD, a cardiologist with TriHealth Heart Institute. “This study adds to the growing body of evidence of the health benefits of flaxseed and its omega-3 fatty acids.”
The Benefit of A Heart Healthy Diet
For the study, 110 patients with high blood pressure and peripheral artery disease added 30 grams of milled flaxseed to their diet each day for six months. Results were compared to a similar group of people who added a placebo to their diets. The group with the flaxseed in their diet showed a measurable decrease in blood pressure.
“Lowering blood pressure is one way people can significantly reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack, and anything we can do with diet and exercise to reduce that risk is a huge health benefit,” adds Dr. Jung. “Would I recommend that people eat more milled flaxseed based on this study? I would certainly consider including flaxseed in a diet for improved cardiovascular health, and milled flaxseed is thought to be better absorbed than other forms.”
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