Flaxseed and Cardiovascular Disease

Source: By Jennifer Adolphe, PhD, RD and Kelley Fitzpatrick, MSc

Flaxseed is rich in nutrients that support a healthy lifestyle: omega-3 fatty acids, soluble fibre, and lignans. This publication reviews the scientific literature and provides an overview of the nutritional benefits of ground flaxseed in regards to cardiovascular disease.



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  • Flaxseed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, soluble fibre, and lignans that promote cardiovascular health.
  • Regular consumption of flaxseed as part of a healthy diet reduces serum total and LDL cholesterol.
  • Health Canada has permitted the use of blood cholesterol-lowering claim for ground flaxseed.