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Friday, May 13, 2022
One Food Lowered his Wife's BP by 15-20 Points (Blood Pressure) - Get it here!
Watch it to the end and on a personal note - I can say that Flax Seed can and does lower my blood pressure!
One Food Lowered his Wife's BP by 15-20 Points (Blood Pressure)
For the past few years, flax seeds have become increasingly popular thanks to their abundance of health benefits. So far, research has found flax seeds:
May improve cardiovascular health
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Flax seeds can protect heart health in several ways, mostly by reducing risk factors for heart disease, like:
Lowering blood pressure. A 2016 analysis of 15 studies published in Clinical Nutrition found that flax seeds reduced blood pressure, particularly when taken for 12 weeks or more.
Improving cholesterol levels. A 2014 study published in Biomedical Journal found that of 50 adults with high cholesterol, those who ate about three tablespoons of roasted flax seed powder daily for three months saw significant reductions in total cholesterol and LDL (aka "bad") cholesterol levels compared to a placebo group. They also saw an increase in HDL (aka "good") cholesterol levels.
Preventing strokes. Flax seeds are a good source of healthy fats called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which a 2015 review found may help prevent stroke.
Support digestive health
Four tablespoons of flax seeds provide 27% of the daily recommended intake of fiber—a key nutrient for digestive health. According to Mayo Clinic, fiber improves digestion by:
Regulating bowel movements
Reducing the risk of hemorrhoids
Lowering the risk of colorectal cancer
Plus, flax seeds contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, each of which improves bowel movements in slightly different ways:
Soluble fiber softens stool so it can pass through the digestive tract more easily
Insoluble fiber adds bulk to stool, which pushes waste through your gut more quickly, easing constipation.
Help reduce cancer risk
Although no one food or supplement can prevent cancer, some research indicates flax seeds may reduce the risk or spread of certain cancers.
For instance, flax seeds' high fiber content can lower the chances of developing colorectal cancer. The American Institute for Cancer Research found that for every extra 10 grams of fiber consumed, there is a 7% reduced risk of colorectal cancer.
The most studied cancer in relation to flax seed consumption is breast cancer. In a 2014 review published in Integrative Cancer Therapies, researchers concluded that eating flax seeds may:
Protect against the development of breast cancer
Reduce tumor growth in women with breast cancer
Lower the risk of death in women with breast cancer
Might improve blood sugar
Since flax seeds contain ALA—a certain type of healthy fat—they may also help manage pre-diabetes. That's because ALAs appear to regulate blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity, both of which reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
A 2013 study published in Nutrition Research gave 41 people with obesity and pre-diabetes either 13 grams, 26 grams, or 0 grams of flax seed daily for 12 weeks. It found that those who consumed 13 grams of flax seeds per day—about two tablespoons—saw the greatest reductions in blood sugar levels and the most significant improvement in insulin sensitivity.
Support weight management
Incorporating flax seeds into your diet may help with healthy, sustainable weight management thanks to their soluble fiber content. Most of the soluble fiber in flaxseeds is called mucilage, which, when combined with water, forms a gel-like consistency. This slows down how quickly food passes through your stomach so you stay fuller for longer.
A 2017 meta-analysis published in Obesity Reviews assessed 45 studies and found eating whole flax seeds was associated with significant reductions in both body weight and waist measurement. Having a waist measurement of over 35 inches for women or 40 inches for men is associated with a higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The review also found that eating 30 grams—about three tablespoons—of whole flax seeds daily for more than 12 weeks improved body composition in patients with a higher BMI. Body composition tells us what percentage of our bodies are made up of fat, muscle, and other tissues, like bone.
Help protect against chronic disease
In addition to their beneficial fats and fiber, flax seeds are rich in health-protective antioxidants called polyphenols, according to a 2013 review published in the Journal of Oleo Science.
Polyphenols act like bodyguards for our cells, protecting them from damage that could eventually lead to aging and chronic diseases, including heart disease.
Flax seeds may be tiny, but they're chock full of nutrients. According to the USDA a quarter cup—about four tablespoons—of whole flax seeds supplies:
Saturated Fat: 1.5g
Unsaturated Fat: 16g
Fiber: 11.5g, or 41% of the daily value (DV)
Added Sugars: 0g
Thiamin: 0.69mg 57% DV
Magnesium: 165mg 39% DV
Selenium: 7.12mcg 19% DV
Iron: 2.4mg 13% DV
Flax seeds are a great source of thiamin, a B vitamin that helps convert nutrients into energy. Another stand-out nutrient of flax seed is magnesium, which is important for nerve, muscle, and immune function. Meanwhile, selenium protects cells from damage or infection and iron helps make red blood cells—which carry oxygen through our bloodstream.
Although uncommon, some people may be allergic to flax seeds. Flax seeds also contain trace amounts of potential toxins like cyanide. But, as a 2019 research summary published in Nutrients points out, the consumption of flax is highly unlikely to cause cyanide toxicity because levels are very low and the body can detoxify cyanide in amounts as small as those found in flax seeds. Additionally, cooking flax seeds destroys the chemical.