Flaxseed: A Nutritional Review

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. 

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Factsheet

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Highlights

  • Flaxseed is rich in nutrients that support a healthy lifestyle: omega-3 fatty acids, soluble fibre, and lignans.
  • Flaxseed consumption helps to reduce cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure to protect against cardiovascular disease.
  • Blood glucose control may be enhanced when flaxseed is incorporated into a healthy diet.
  • Cancer-fighting components in flaxseed may help in reducing the risk of cancer.