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Demystifying the Omega 6 and Omega 3 Debate
Alongside the positive attributes of n-3 fatty acids are unfortunate and often confusing messaging around the health effects of the specific n-3s, particularly the physiological significance of plant-based ALA “versus” fish-based EPA and DHA.
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What is New in Research?
Research Study:  Effects of flaxseed supplements on blood pressure: A systematic review and meta-analysis of controlled clinical trial.

Authors: Ursoniu S, Sahebkar A, Andrica F, Serban C, Banach M 
Source: Clin Nutr. 2015 May 29. pii: S0261-5614(15)00144-2. doi: 10.1016/j.clnu.2015.05.012. 
Background:  Many experimental and clinical trials suggested that flaxseed might be a potent antihypertensive, but the evidences concerning the effects of flaxseed supplements on blood pressure (BP) has not been fully conclusive. We aimed to assess the impact of the effects of flaxseed supplements on blood pressure through systematic review of literature and meta-analysis of available randomized controlled trials (RCTs).
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Kelley
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Q. What are the health benefits of flaxseed?
A: Flaxseed contains several disease-fighting compounds, primarily the omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), fibre, and lignans. Flaxseed is one of the richest sources of ALA, an omega-3 polyunsaturated fat that offers unique heart health benefits. Flaxseed is an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fibre, providing three grams of fibre per tablespoon. It also is packed full of lignans, natural cancer-preventative phytonutrients, and vitamins and minerals such as folate, vitamin E, vitamin B-6, copper, zinc, magnesium, and (dry ounce for ounce) more potassium than seven bananas. Flaxseed has been shown to help reduce the risk heart disease, reduce symptoms of inflammatory disorders, protect against some cancer symptoms, reduce cholesterol, and even ease the effects of type 2 diabetes. Learn more about the health benefits of flaxseed and make it an important part of your daily diet.
Source: Kelley Fitzpatrick,
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