November 09, 2017 Flaxseed and Hypertension

Source: Stephanie Caligiuri, MSc and Kelley Fitzpatrick, MSc   |  Category: Resource

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.

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