Flax Seed & Heart Disease

"My cholesterol two months ago was 245, last Friday it was 139. Two months ago I ordered your Golden flax seed and began a diet regimen recommended by the American Heart Association and followed Dr. Andrew Wield's recommendations in his book Natural Healing. The only oils I took in were contained in flaxseed, benecol and in foods naturally. My objective was to lower my calorie intake to bare minimums and keep my fat grams between 25% and 30%. My build is slender and my weight has remained stable. My diet is not restrictive; I use a microwave, pressure cooker and grill as a primary means of cooking. Most of my meals are prepared at home. In general my diet consists mostly of fish high in omega three oils, vegetables, grains and fruit. Juicing is something I am doing more and more of now. If I can do this anyone can."

Thanks you
David from Atlanta, GA

Turn to Flax Seed to Help You Reduce Cholesterol Naturally

The high fiber content, lignans and omega-3 qualities in flax seed are natural preventative properties for heart disease. Studies prove that when flax seed is added to the diet, harmful LDL cholesterol drops, while good HDL cholesterol remains or increases. By controlling your cholesterol levels, you can safeguard your heart from disease.

Like flax oil, flaxseed seems to show great promise in the fight against heart disease. Two studies, presented at the 54th Flax Institute of the United States, held in 1992, showed a glimmer of flax's potential for use in the prevention and treatment of heart disease. The first study was done by Holly A. Dieken of the Food and Nutrition Department at North Dakota State University. Test subjects were separated into two groups, one group consisting of individuals who showed normal levels of blood fats, the other consisting of people who had high levels of cholesterol. In both groups, the individuals consumed two muffins per day, getting a totally of 45 grams (approximately 5 ˝ tablespoons) of ground flaxseed. The “normal” subjects showed no marked changes in their blood, but the high-cholesterol individuals showed some pretty dramatic improvements. Their blood serum triglycerides dropped by 17 percent! That is a strong suggestion that the omega-3s and fiber in the muffins were conferring a real heart-healthy benefit.

-Jane Reinhardt-Martin RD, LD
An excerpt from her book FLAX Your Way to Better Health


I started a regimen of 1/8 cup ground flaxseed twice daily on August 1, 2003. I just got my cholesterol results back today and it has dropped from 267 to 235. I am so happy with the results, using your product. I have also lost 11 lbs. since Sept 9th, my weigh-in day at Curves.  So all in all your golden flaxseed has stood up to all your claims.

Thank you from a satisfied customer,
Pat Barry

The Good Cholesterol
HDL is the abbreviation for high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. HDL is often referred to as the "good cholesterol". HDL cholesterol helps clear the blood stream of the artery-clogging properties we ingest with too much fried foods, baked goods and red meats. Yet, HDL cannot do an adequate job when the LDL levels in the diet are overwhelmingly high or when we do not take in enough omega-3 fatty acids.

The Bad Cholesterol
LDL is the commonly known abbreviation for low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and is sometimes referred to as "bad cholesterol". LDL cholesterol and other substances can build up in the walls of the arteries and form a plaque. As plaque continues to build up, it causes the arteries to harden and narrow, a condition known as arteriosclerosis.

It is often difficult to fully understand which condition precludes the other, but essentially both conditions tax the heart muscle significantly and cause numerous complications in one’s health. The reduction of blood flow affects all of the body’s tissues and compromises the ability of the heart to function properly. At times, the plaque may rupture and a blood clot may form in the artery and partially or totally block blood flow from this vessel. This can eventually lead to damage or death of tissues; thereby causing heart attack or stroke.

By lowering LDL cholesterol, a person is able to significantly reduce risk of heart disease and accompanying health complications. Current dietary advice for those at risk from coronary artery disease focus on the restriction of saturated fatty acids and cholesterol intake, combined with exercise and ideal body weight. Also emphasized is the need to increase intake of alpha-linolenic acid – the major component of the omega-3 fatty acids found in flax seed. (Research entitled "Studies Concerning Lignans, Fiber and Anti-oxidants Found in Flax)

The September 1998 Health magazine highlighted the heart-healthy properties of flax seed, noting a 1993 study where flax seed added to the daily diet significantly lowered cholesterol. 50 grams (.28 cup) a heaping 1/4 cup measured before grinding (.36cup) (3/8 cup of milled) of ground flax seed was added to the menu of healthy females for four weeks. The additions of flax seed to the women’s diets allowed their total cholesterol to drop 9%. Of greater significance, their LDL, the kind that clogs arteries, dropped 18%. Remember, this is just after 4 weeks of trial tests. Research continues and is gaining greater significance and validity to the healthful properties of flax seed. Make sure you link to the research and resource information if you desire further specifics.

In summary, the omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and lignans in flax seed are major helpers in keeping arteries flexible. Stiffened blood vessel walls are also caused by conditions of high blood pressure and diabetes, which can also lead to high risks of stroke and heart attack. It is helpful to know that the properties of flax seed are also useful in maintaining blood pressure and healthy blood sugar levels. Refer to these links for further information of the conditions of diabetes and hypertension.

When it comes to health issues, one is often faced with the chicken and the egg dilemma of "which comes first"". Again, it is helpful to think of your body as a finely tuned machine. When one portion is compromised it affects the efficiency of other necessary functions. Therefore it is sensible to know as much as you can about how your body functions and how you can contribute to your overall health with wise, sensible and long-lasting dietary and exercise habits.

NOTE: Information presented here does not replace seeking advice from your physician.