Flaxseed and Hypertension
Source: Stephanie Caligiuri, MSc 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 hypertension.
- Flaxseed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, fibre, and arginine and shows powerful blood pressure lowering effects.
- The addition of 30 g/d of dietary flaxseed to standard of care improved the percentage of patients who were able to control their blood pressure from 34% to 53% following one year of intervention.(1)
- The therapeutic benefits of flaxseed may be greater than commonly prescribed antihypertensive medications.