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Eat This to Lower Cholesterol by 10 Percent

According to a collection of studies and research, flaxseed may:

  • Have a protective effect against cancer, particularly breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer.
  • Help the cardiovascular system via several different mechanisms, including anti-inflammatory action and normalizing the heartbeat.
  • Modestly improve blood sugar (as measured by hemoglobin A1c blood tests in adults with type 2 diabetes).
  • Reduce the inflammation that accompanies certain illnesses (such as Parkinson’s disease and asthma) by helping to block the release of certain pro-inflammatory agents.
  • Reduce menopausal women’s hot flashes in half: 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed, taken twice a day.

Until more is known–pregnant women and possibly breastfeeding mothers should not supplement their diets with ground flaxseed.

For more information about flaxseed, see How to Increase Omega 3s in Your Diet.

Read more: Cholesterol, Conditions, Diet & Nutrition, Eating for Health, Food

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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

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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


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