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Flaxseed May Help Lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure has long been known to contribute to heart disease and other cardiovascular problems. A recent study suggests that flaxseed supplements may help reduce blood pressure and therefore lower the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

Previous studies looking at the link between flaxseed and blood pressure have had inconclusive results. Researchers from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Romania decided to conduct an analysis of previous studies to determine if such a link does exist. They looked at 15 different trials that included 1,302 people.

After examining all of the data, the researchers determined that supplementation with flaxseed was associated with an average 2.85 mmHg reduction in systolic blood pressure and 2.39 mmHg reduction in diastolic blood pressure. They also noted further reductions when supplementation lasted more than 12 weeks, with systolic blood pressure going down by 3.10 mmHg and diastolic by 2.62 mmHg.

The researchers concluded that the reduction in blood pressure seen here has the potential to reduce the risk of death by cardiovascular disease by 22%.

It was published online ahead of print on May 29, 2015, in the journal Clinical Nutrition.

Flaxseed fiber has been associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer, improved skin health, preventing stroke, and reducing the risk of developing diabetes. You can increase your flaxseed intake by adding some to your morning cereal or by taking a high quality supplement.
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