November 09, 2017 Flaxseed and Hypertension
Stephanie Caligiuri, MSc and Kelley Fitzpatrick, MSc
Flaxseed and Hypertension
By 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.