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Flaxseed (linseed) fights cholesterol.

Professor Suzanne Hendrich of Iowa State University (and others) found that men who consumed flaxseed lignans lowered cholesterol by nearly 10% over 3 months. This improvement was not found in women involved in this study.

People with high cholesterol were given tablets containing flaxseed lignans at at zero (control group), 150mg or 300mg per day. The men on 150/300mg per day showed the reduction.

The women in the study were post-menopause, which may be important, because the lignans act as weak oestrogen.

The press announcement says the benefit is less than a typical 10% to 20% reduction from prescription drugs over 3 months, so it is not seen as a replacement.

According to the Flax Council of Canada, different flaxseeds contain between 1mg/g to 26mg/g of lignan, so type is important. At the high level, this requires about 6 teaspoons for the 150mg used in the test to 12 for the 300mg level.

The lignan in flaxseed is SDG (secoisolariciresinol diglucoside).

The results will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Nutrition in late April.

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March 27, 2010 - Posted by | Cholesterol, Flaxseed - linseed, Natural healing, Success, Suzanne Hendrich

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