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How is flaxseed good for my heart health?

Flaxseed contains Omega-3 fatty acids.  This type of fat can help lower your triglycerides and reduce inflammation, both important in maintaining a healthy heart. 
Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics

Flaxseeds are a rich plant-based source of omega 3 fats and fiber. Both of these play an important role in maintaining heart health. 1 Tbsp of flaxseeds will provide 1.8 g plant omega 3 fats. Flaxseeds are especially useful as a vegetarian source of omega 3 fats.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Flaxseed is not only rich in heart-healthy fiber, it's also sources of certain types of omega-3s fatty acids, similar to (though not the same as) the "good" fats found in oily fish like salmon. Research suggests that people at risk for heart disease benefit from getting omega-3 fatty acids from both fish and plant sources -- good news if you're not a big fan of fin food.

There is also some evidence that flaxseed may help reduce your risk for cancer.

So ask your doctor about the benefits of flaxseed. A few sprinkles mixed into your food every day could help lower your cholesterol and bring you better heart health!
Mary A. McLaughlin, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Indeed, flaxseed can be good for your heart health. Flaxseed has been shown in clinical trials to affect low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and lipoprotein(a), both of which increase the risk for atherosclerotic diseases (i.e. coronary heart disease, stroke...).  It is also beneficial in reducing blood pressure and inflammation and does not adversely affect HDL (good cholesterol).

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