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Eat This to Lower Cholesterol by 10 Percent

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Why the lignans didn’t have a significant impact on women’s cholesterol levels remains a mystery. “We’re really puzzled about that because we were looking at post menopausal women and these lignans are known as plant estrogens, so they have a very weak but measurable estrogen effect,” Hendrich said. “So potentially, they would have a mild effect for substituting some estrogens in women. It’s really hard to know why [there was no effect in women] and whether these substances are counteracting, possibly, some testosterone in men, which of course women don’t have.”

Aside from the study, flaxseed has been proven to be such a beneficial food–regardless of the cholesterol effect for men, women are encouraged to add it to their diet as well. Why?

  • Those lignans! They have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75- 800 times more lignans than other plant foods
  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids–the “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  • Flaxseed contains significant amounts of both soluble and insoluble fiber.
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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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11:06PM PDT on Mar 26, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

3:55AM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

Eating smart is health

5:03AM PDT on Aug 7, 2013

thanks

11:18AM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

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5:30AM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Thank you.

3:39PM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

thank you

2:43AM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

Thank you :)

6:56AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Thanks for the Flax info, good stuff!

10:00PM PDT on Jun 14, 2013

thx for this info

9:56PM PDT on Jun 14, 2013

Thanks.

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