Flaxseed Fibers

The Benefits of Flaxseed Fibers in Suppressing Postprandial Lipemia and Appetite

Flaxseed oil is a wonderful source of essential fatty acids which can provide many health benefits.  Most importantly it contains linolenic acid, which is also a fatty acid that the body cannot produce on its own. Most Americans tend to have insufficient amounts of linolenic acid in their diets, and flaxseed oil is one of the best and healthiest sources.

With the knowledge of the importance of flaxseed oil, studies have been conducted to discover if, among its other health benefits, flaxseed may be beneficial in preventing cardiovascular disease.

Risk Factors for Cardivascular Disease:

  • Older age
  • Male gender
  • Family history of CVD
  • Cigarette smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Physical inactivity
  • Sleep problems
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

A study was conducted by researchers from the University of Copenhagen to determine whetherflaxseed fiber can be used to suppress postprandial lipemia, which is a high level of lipids in the blood in the hours after eating, and reduce appetite. Participants were given predetermined quantities of flaxseed along with their regular meals and then evaluated at the conclusion of the study.

Results of the Flaxseed Study

The study determined that those who were given the largest quantity of flaxseed fiber had substantially lower triacylglycerol levels. In addition, those who received the most flaxseedexperienced a greater sense of fullness than those who received a lower dose.  Researchers determined that Flaxseed may be an important component of maintaining a healthy weight as it can suppress appetite, and it may also inhibit some of the risk factors of cardiovascular disease


About Dr Carrie

Dr. Carrie Hartney has been working at the Chiropractic Care Center in Berlin, CT for over 25 years. She started working with her father Dr. Edward Hartney in the Chiropractic Care Center of Plainville. Her Father, a chiropractor for over 25 years, started the Berlin office with Dr. Carrie.


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