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Flax seeds shown to lower blood pressure

A recent study showed daily consumption of flax seeds successfully lowered blood pressure in hypertensive patients. Flax seeds may also offer other health benefits: they are a good source of omega three essential fats, they contain lignans which have oestrogenic properties and they are high in soluble fibre. Flax seeds can be bought whole or in ground form. They should be kept refrigerated and can be easily added to porridge, yoghurt or soups. If consumed in whole form, the seeds should be soaked in twice the quantity of water so that they can be easily digested.  Flax seeds soaked in prune juice may help support bowel regularity.

Rodriguez-Leyva D, Weighell W, et al. (2013) Potent antihypertensive action of dietary flaxseed in hypertensive patients. Hypertension. 62(6):1081-9.