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Flaxseed may lower cholesterol
Earlier studies found flaxseed lowered cholesterol in those with mild signs of cardiovascular disease (CVD). In this study, doctors tested flaxseed in those with more advanced CVD, including those taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

In the study, 58 people with peripheral artery disease—a type of CVD—took 30 grams of milled flaxseed per day, or a whole wheat placebo. After one month, for those not taking statin drugs, while there was no change for placebo, the flaxseed group saw total cholesterol decline by 11 percent and LDL cholesterol by 15 percent.

In the statin group, after 12 months, while the placebo group saw LDL cholesterol increase by 3 percent, those taking flaxseed saw LDL cholesterol decline by 8.5 percent. Doctors said flaxseed is safe for those taking medication for peripheral artery disease, and can enhance the cholesterol-lowering effects of statin drugs.

Reference: The Journal of Nutrition; 2015, Vol. 145, No. 4, 749-57.
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