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Whole flaxseed helps cholesterol

I must admit I don’t have any flaxseed products at home and I didn’t know a lot about it. I was impressed with the amount of fiber and health benefits that flaxseed has. This study looked at 28 studies on flaxseed to investigate the claims and benefits.

Firstly, this video is gives a helpful explanation of what flaxseed is and how to include it in your diet.

Video: What is flax seed and how does it help?

This video by Ask Amy, put a smile on my face. She delightfully discusses flaxseed in the supermarket and kitchen. I especially liked how she gives recommendations on quantities and possible interactions with other medications. A great video Amy!

Thanks to Brookshire Brothers for the video of Ask Amy.

The flaxseed study

Dr Lin in Shanghai pooled the results from 28 studies of over 1,500 people to clarify the impact flaxseed has on cholesterol levels. The average intake of flaxseed was 1 tablespoon a day.

The findings link whole flaxseed with lowering in total cholesterol and “bad” LDL cholesterol. However, they did not find the same results with flaxseed oil. The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Ground or whole flaxseed?

In my research I found that ground flaxseed can go rancid fairly quickly and doesn’t have a long shelf life once ground. However, the benefits of flaxseed are not digested unless they are ground. The solution? Buy a small cheap coffee grinder, buy flaxseed as whole seeds and grind them at home!

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