Flax and Cholesterol

Posted on October 3, 2007. Filed under: Health Benefits |

It was in the year 2000 that my husband Mark was diagnosed with high cholesterol.  We searched the literature in an effort to find methods to lower his cholesterol.  The little word, flax, kept showing up, so he decided to add it to his diet.  Slowly but surely, his cholesterol started to go in a downward direction. 

What exactly is cholesterol and why is too much bad for us?  Cholesterol is a substance found in some foods, notably animal fats, eggs and dairy products.  An over high level of cholesterol in the blood is associated with atherosclerosis.  Atherosclerosis is the development of fatty streaks inside the walls of the blood vessels.  An abundance of fatty streaks leads to stroke and heart attack. 

 At the 54th Flax Institute of the United States, the findings of a study conducted to determine flax’s potential for use in the prevention and treatment of heart disease was presented.  Test subjects were separated into two groups, one group had high cholesterol, and the other group had normal cholesterol.  Both groups ate two flax muffins daily, consuming 45 grams of flax per day.  At the end of the study period, the group with group with high cholesterol had a reduction in their triglycerides by 17%.  Additional studies on the effects of flax on cholesterol have been conducted, all with the strong suggestion that the consumption of flax on a daily basis is truly a heart-healthy benefit.

Mark and I continue to take flax on a daily basis; it has helped us in our fight against elevated cholesterol.

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