Category Archives: Flaxseed

Alpha Linolenic Acid Is Neuroprotective

Alpha linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)) is a long chain fatty acid synthesised by plants. It is polyunsaturated fatty acid and contains three double bonds. Alpha linolenic acid is present in small amounts in most plants, and green leafy vegetables … Continue reading

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Alpha Linolenic Acid: Cardiovascular Risk

Alpha linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)) is an essential fatty acid that has vitamin like effects in humans. Intakes of ALA must be balanced with intake of the other essential fatty acid linoleic acid (LA, C18:2 (n-6)), and the dietary … Continue reading

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Essential Fatty Acids Protect From Insulin Resistance

One of the main problems with the Western diet is that it lacks a source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Studies show that fish oils provide a large range of health effects to Westerners consuming a typical Western diet and … Continue reading

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Flaxseed and Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Blood pressure rises with weight gain and one of the most effective ways to control blood pressure is to lose excess body fat. The cause of blood pressure is complex, … Continue reading

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Flaxseed and Cholesterol Levels

Evidence suggests that a number of foods are able to lower plasma cholesterol levels to a similar degree as cholesterol medication. In many cases, the effects of the foods are superior to the statins, the current gold standard in cholesterol … Continue reading

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