Flaxseed helps in the fight against metabolic syndrome

A new study shows there’s something you CAN eat that can reduce your risk of metabolic syndrome – before it destroys your health.

Metabolic syndrome isn’t just a fancy name for being overweight. It’s actually a group of symptoms and ailments – like obesity, low HDL, high triglycerides, and hypertension – that send your risk for heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes through the roof!

But in the new study out of Iran, flaxseed combined with lifestyle changes reduced metabolic syndrome, more than lifestyle changes alone.

The fibres from the flax plant were used in ancient times to make linen. In fact, flaxseed is so versatile and nutritious that Charles the Great required everyone under his rule nearly 1,200 years ago to consume it daily.

In this latest study, researchers put all the volunteers with metabolic syndrome on a 12-week lifestyle plan that included moderate activity (like gardening, cycling, or brisk walking) for 30 minutes, five days a week. Half of the subjects were also given 30g of flaxseed daily in their diet.

In total, 82 per cent of the subjects who made lifestyle changes AND took flaxseed decreased their metabolic syndrome symptoms in some way during the study (as opposed to just 50 per cent of the control group).

One of the many health benefits to flaxseed is its ability to slow glucose absorption. And in this recent study slowing down glucose absorption showed to help subjects lose weight, lower their BMIs, and reduce insulin resistance more than the control group that only made lifestyle changes.

Flaxseed can also reduce bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels and even shave a few points off your blood pressure, thanks to a compound called “lignans.” In fact, flaxseed is LOADED with lignans – between 75 and 800 times more than other plants.

And flax is rich in heart healthy omega-3s – even just a teaspoon of flaxseed is a good way of incorporating these heart disease-fighting fatty acids into your diet.

In fact, it’s the most concentrated source of this important fat available!

Quality flaxseed supplements can be purchased online or at your local health food store.

You can also use the seed itself or flaxseed oil in dozens of delicious, Paleo diet recipes. Try adding it to a salad or your morning smoothie, and meatballs and marinades.

Finally, you can keep metabolic syndrome from getting the best of you by not making yourself a sitting duck. Get up on your feet for a few minutes, a few days a week, and in no time you’ll be chasing metabolic syndrome right out of bounds.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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Flaxseed Supplementation in Metabolic Syndrome Management: A Pilot Randomized, Open-labeled, Controlled Study, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27151322

Flaxseed supplementation may aid metabolic syndrome management, study finds, nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Flaxseed-supplementation-may-aid-metabolic-syndrome-management

The Benefits of Flaxseed, webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-flaxseed#1

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