Flaxseed in the Reduction of Diabetes and Obesity

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 Diabetes and Weight Management.


Flaxseed in the Reduction of Diabetes and Obesity

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  • Diabetes and obesity are global epidemics with considerable social and economic consequences.
  • Flaxseed contains key nutrients to reduce diabetes and obesity: lignans, alpha-linolenic acid, and dietary fibre.
  • Diets containing flaxseed or its individual components are associated with improved blood glucose control and insulin sensitivity, increased satiety, and reduced energy intake.