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Flaxseed May Improve Metabolic Syndrome Symptoms

Incidences of metabolic disorders such as type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease are increasing globally, primarily due to an increase in calorie intake coupled with a sedentary lifestyle. A recent study suggests that consuming flaxseed daily may help lower blood markers of metabolic syndrome more than lifestyle changes alone.

Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that raise the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other diseases. These risk factors include central obesity, hypertension, and disturbed glucose and insulin metabolism.

Participants in the study included 44 people between the ages of 18 and 70. Over the course of 12 weeks, half of the group was instructed to consume 30 grams per day of brown milled flaxseed supplement with a salad at lunch or dinner. All of the participants took part in a controlled and guided lifestyle program that was presented in a 20-minute talk. The program included record keeping and 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise five times per week. The researchers took anthropometric measurements at the beginning of the study as well as weeks 4, 8, and 12.

At the conclusion of the study, the researchers found that that the flaxseed group had an 82% reduction in metabolic syndrome. In comparison, the control group had a reduction of 50%. They also noted a significantly greater reduction in body weight, body mass index, and insulin resistance and a significantly greater increase in insulin sensitivity in the flaxseed group when compared with the control.

Researchers from the University of Tehran conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on May 6, 2016, in Phytotherapy Research.

You can increase your flaxseed intake by adding some to your morning cereal or by taking a high quality supplement.

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