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3 Important Benefits of Flax Seeds

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One of the impressive health benefits of flax seeds is the ability to decrease blood pressure (Rodriguez-Leyva D, et.al., 2013).

In a double-blinded, placebo-controlled study, 30 g of flax seeds daily for 6 months reduced the systolic blood pressure of 10 mm Hg and the diastolic blood pressure with 7 mm Hg.

 This is as good as some blood pressure medications, and instead of side-effects, you get even additional benefits.

13 g of flax seeds daily has shown to decrease blood glucose and insulin and improve insulin sensitivity in obese individuals with pre-diabetes (Hutchins AM, et.al., 2013).

Flax seeds can also lower cholesterol. 

In just 7 days a drink made of flax seeds lowered total cholesterol by 12% and LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) 15% (Kristensen M, et.al., 2012).

Even if many people are not aware of these health benefits, it’s been known for a long time that flax seeds can reduce total cholesterol, LDL and decrease the blood glucose after a meal (Cunnane SC, et.al., 1993).

 

It is very important to keep the blood glucose in a good range even after a meal, it is not enough to only have good fasting blood glucose.

I recommend grinding 2 tablespoons of flax seeds in a coffee grinder and put them in a glass with water, stir it and drink it thick. You can of course also sprinkle it on food, like a salad if you prefer.

 

References

Cunnane, S. C., Ganguli, S., Menard, C., Liede, A. C., Hamadeh, M. J., Chen, Z. Y., … & Jenkins, D. J. (1993). High α-linolenic acid flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum): some nutritional properties in humansBritish Journal of Nutrition69(2), 443-453.

Hutchins, A. M., Brown, B. D., Cunnane, S. C., Domitrovich, S. G., Adams, E. R., & Bobowiec, C. E. (2013). Daily flaxseed consumption improves glycemic control in obese men and women with pre-diabetes: a randomized study. Nutrition research33(5), 367-375.

Kristensen, M., Jensen, M. G., Aarestrup, J., Petersen, K. E., Søndergaard, L., Mikkelsen, M. S., & Astrup, A. (2012). Flaxseed dietary fibers lower cholesterol and increase fecal fat excretion, but the magnitude of the effect depends on food typeNutrition & Metabolism9(1), 8.

Rodriguez-Leyva, D., Weighell, W., Edel, A. L., LaVallee, R., Dibrov, E., Pinneker, R., … & Pierce, G. N. (2013). Potent Antihypertensive Action of Dietary Flaxseed in Hypertensive PatientsNovelty and Significance. Hypertension62(6), 1081-1089.

Decreasing Inflammation is 1 Important Way to Increase Your Life Expectancy

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The process of atherosclerosis is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and involves deposits of fat and especially LDL cholesterol into the blood vessel wall (Salisbury D, Bronas U, 2014).

These researchers state that when the LDL cholesterol gets deposited into the vascular wall it can oxidize and cause injury creating inflammation which drives the atherosclerotic process.

Higher levels of chronic low-grade inflammation result in a stronger inflammatory response.

 

Low-grade inflammation which you may not be aware of needs to be kept low, as an important way to increase your life expectancy.

To decrease low-grade inflammation, let’s look at what can contribute to it.

Highly processed, nutrient depleted food will cause a spike in the blood glucose and fat shortly after it is eaten.

This results in increased free radicals and inflammation together with other factors which increase the risk for cardiovascular disease (O’Keefe JH, et.al., 2008).

The increase in blood glucose, free radicals and inflammation will last for several hours. That’s important to keep in mind if you eat these types of meals several times a day, it results in elevated levels of these substances throughout the day.

 

The best solution would be to eat minimally processed, high fiber, plant-based food. Vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and a few berries are excellent choices.

 

Just adding some nuts after a meal may provide good benefits. 

When 60 g of raw almonds were added to a meal consisting of white bread, the almonds reduced the increase in blood sugar and insulin (Jenkins DJ, et.al., 2006).

It was the antioxidants the almonds contained that was responsible for the benefits.


References:

Salisbury, D., & Bronas, U. (2014). Inflammation and immune system contribution to the etiology of atherosclerosis: mechanisms and methods of assessment. Nursing Research63(5), 375-385.

Jenkins, D. J., Kendall, C. W., Josse, A. R., Salvatore, S., Brighenti, F., Augustin, L. S., … & Rao, A. V. (2006). Almonds decrease postprandial glycemia, insulinemia, and oxidative damage in healthy individuals. The Journal of nutrition136(12), 2987-2992.

O’Keefe, J. H., Gheewala, N. M., & O’Keefe, J. O. (2008). Dietary strategies for improving post-prandial glucose, lipids, inflammation, and cardiovascular health. Journal of the American College of Cardiology51(3), 249-255.

 

2 Ways to Increase Your Life Expectancy

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There are several ways you can increase your life expectancy. I will explain 2 easy ways you can do it based on the research referenced.

 

Often, people overlooked the vascular endothelium when it comes to prevention.

The endothelium is the inner layer of the wall of your blood vessels.

 

Scientists have discovered over the years that the endothelium is much more than just a thin layer of cells. These cells affect and regulate a variety of functions.

 

The endothelium controls the contraction and relaxation of the blood vessels, so it affects the blood circulation.

 

Since good blood flow is important for every tissue in the body, including the heart, it is very important to have healthy endothelial function, especially if you want to increase your life expectancy.

 

The endothelium is directly involved in several serious diseases, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, insulin resistance, kidney failure, tumor growth, metastasis, blood clot formation and severe viral infection (Rajendran P, et.al., 2013).

 

Scientists have known for several years that just a single high fat meal can impair endothelial function for several hours (Vogel RA, et.al., 1997).

 

Increased triglyceride levels (fat) in the blood has shown to decrease vasodilatation from 7.1 to 1.6 (Lundman P, et.al., 1997). This means that the opening up of the blood vessels were decreased significantly.

 

It is interesting and important that not all types of fat will impair endothelial function, it’s mainly saturated fat from animal sources that will do that.

There are also certain fats that will improve the function of your blood vessels.

 

Omega 3 fatty acid supplementation

 

Especially what’s called DHA has shown to reduce vascular inflammation in response to inflammatory triggering compounds, even to bacterial endotoxins, and increase circulation measured as flow mediated dilation (De Caterina R, et.al., 2000, Wang Q, et.al., 2012).

 

If you like nuts you can also do this:

 

Daily ingestion of 56 g of walnuts improved endothelium function in overweight adults (Katz DL, et.al., 2012). Adding the walnuts to the diet did not lead to weight gain.

 

It does not have to be more difficult than that.

 

Just small changes to your daily routine can help increase your life expectancy.


References:

Rajendran, P., Rengarajan, T., Thangavel, J., Nishigaki, Y., Sakthisekaran, D., Sethi, G., & Nishigaki, I. (2013). The vascular endothelium and human diseases. International journal of biological sciences, 9(10), 1057.

Katz, D. L., Davidhi, A., Ma, Y., Kavak, Y., Bifulco, L., & Njike, V. Y. (2012). Effects of walnuts on endothelial function in overweight adults with visceral obesity: a randomized, controlled, crossover trial. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 31(6), 415-423.

De Caterina, R., Liao, J. K., & Libby, P. (2000). Fatty acid modulation of endothelial activation. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 71(1), 213S-223S.

Lundman, P., Eriksson, M., Schenck-Gustafsson, K., Karpe, F., & Tornvall, P. (1997). Transient triglyceridemia decreases vascular reactivity in young, healthy men without risk factors for coronary heart disease. Circulation, 96(10), 3266-3268.

Vogel, R. A., Corretti, M. C., & Plotnick, G. D. (1997). Effect of a single high-fat meal on endothelial function in healthy subjects. The American journal of cardiology, 79(3), 350-354.


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