Flax seeds: a weapon against hypertension and hypercholesterolemia


Last updated on December 8th, 2022 at 02:34 pm

“Thanks to their high intake of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, they help in cardiovascular prevention”

They counteract hypertension and hypercholesterolemia, fight constipation and give a boost of energy, perfect for those who play sports: there are many properties of flax seeds. “These oil seeds have a very high concentration of good omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, which work on cardiovascular prevention and on the reduction of bad cholesterol and triglycerides”, emphasizes Dr. Emanuela Russo, dietitian INCO (National Institute for Care Obesity) of the IRCCS Policlinico San Donato in Milan.

Flax seeds
Flax seeds

Omega 3 and Omega 6

The importance of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids is considerable for everyone and has particular benefits for those who play sportsHERE the limitations, area by area ): “The omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids of which flax seeds are not rich they only counteract hypercholesterolemia, thus reducing cardiovascular risk, but also oxidative stress, thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties. And this is also useful for athletes since sporting activity produces its own oxidative stress ”, explains Dr. Russo.

Useful for hair and nails

But the properties of flax seeds do not end there. “They contain many minerals such as iron, phosphorus, selenium and zinc and vitamin E. These micronutrients also improve the health of hair and nails”, explains the dietician Russo.

… and against constipation

Finally, flax seeds are also allies of intestinal transit. “Thanks to their important contribution of fiber, they are recommended for those suffering from constipation: you can add a spoonful to yogurt at breakfast, or make a decoction by leaving them in water for one night and then drink the liquid once the seeds have been removed. But they can also be added to salads, possibly even in place of extra virgin olive oil if you don’t like it. Or you can use them for healthier breading in addition to oatmeal and why not sesame seeds. It is always best to chop them first to make their nutritional properties more bioavailable ”, suggests Dr. Russo.

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