Flaxseed mucilage – A novel prebiotic

Emerging research suggests that flaxseed mucilage has interesting prebiotic activity in the body (1). Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that promote the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines (2). Generally fibers, prebiotics are found in asparagus, garlic, onion, fruits, whole grains and legumes. In supporting the growth of beneficial bacteria over harmful bacteria in Read More

Associations of fats and carbohydrate intake with cardiovascular disease and mortality in 18 countries from five continents (PURE): a prospective cohort study

Associations of fats and carbohydrate intake with cardiovascular disease and mortality in 18 countries from five continents (PURE): a prospective cohort study The relationship between the roles of fat intake and different fatty acids in the onset of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mortality is controversial. Newly posted under the “Cardiovascular Disease” section are the results Read More

Flaxseed improves Diabetic outcomes

Flaxseed lignans, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and dietary fibre have been studied for effectiveness in reducing and preventing diabetes. High blood levels of glucose (hyperglycemia) due to defective insulin metabolism are associated with diabetes (1). Type 1 diabetes (T2D) is caused by an absence of insulin secretion. Type 2 diabetes which results from a combination of Read More

Health Benefits of Flaxseed Lignans

Studying the health benefits of flaxseed lignans continues to stimulate interest within the research community. Lignans belong to a group of compounds commonly referred to as phytoestrogens (“plant estrogens”). Non-steroidal in nature, lignans have an affinity for estrogen receptors α and β and other cellular receptors (1). Flaxseed is the richest source of the lignan Read More

Fatty acid composition effects on Hunger

Body weight gain results from an imbalance of energy intake and energy expenditure. High fat diets (more than 40% of energy from fat) have been reported to be a causative effect in the obesity crisis (1). There are three appetite hormones commonly studied following nutrient ingestion – ghrelin, peptide YY (PYY), and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). Read More

Flaxseed Market shows Steady Growth to 2022

A new report published by Market Research Reports Search Engine, anticipates a growth in the North America flaxseed market from US$ 250.5 Mn in 2015 to US$ 308.4 Mn by 2021, expanding at a CAGR of 2.9% in terms of revenue during the forecast period (2016–2022). Increasing health awareness, increasing demand for clean label, and Read More

Omega 3 Alpha-linolenic acid is key to heart health

With 2017 rapidly approaching, many people are including in their New Year resolutions a commitment to eating healthier. As the hundreds of studies profiled in flaxresearch.com suggest, flaxseed is an obvious addition to a healthy diet. And as information on the role that omega-3 fatty acid consumption plays in reducing the risk of a heart Read More

Flaxseed can help to control Holiday over-eating

The holidays are a time to enjoy friends, family and food. And, contrary to popular belief, you can have all three without putting on the extra pounds! The average person consumes approximately 4,500 calories and 229 grams fat from eating a traditional Christmas dinner. And that doesn’t include breakfast, lunch, or late-night snacking on leftovers. Read More

Reductions in Health Care Costs – The Potential of Flaxseed

As health care costs surge globally due to an ever increasing burden of disease, the role that healthy foods such as flaxseed can play in disease reduction and even therapeutically is of great interest. Although research is sparse and somewhat dated, there is evidence to suggest that healthy components such as flaxseed can provide reductions Read More

Flaxseed and Bone Health

The study of flax and bone metabolism is a hot new area of emerging research. Phytoestrogens such as lignans may help prevent osteoporosis (1), a disease in which bone mass is low and the risk of bone fractures is high. Flax lignans may have a positive effect on bone in postmenopausal women by enhancing antioxidant Read More