Flaxseed and Cardiovascular Risk.

January 1, 2004 Human Health and Nutrition Data 0 Comments

Flaxseed and Cardiovascular Risk.

Year: 2004
Authors: Bloedon, L.T., Szapary, P.O.
Publication Name: Nutrition Reviews.
Publication Details: Volume 62, Number 2, Pages 18-27.


Flaxseed has recently gained attention in the area of cardiovascular disease primarily because it is
the richest known source of both alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and the phytoestrogen, lignans, as well as
being a good source of soluble fiber. Human studies have shown that flaxseed can modestly reduce serum total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations, reduce postprandial glucose absorption, decrease some markers of inflammation, and raise serum levels of the omega-3 fatty acids, ALA and eicosapentaenoic acid. Data on the antiplatelet, antioxidant, and hypotensive effects of ?axseed, however, are inconclusive. More research is needed to define the role of this functional food in reducing cardiovascular risk. Author's Abstract.

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