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Flaxseed lowered cholesterol and improved liver health

In one study, 30 men with moderately high cholesterol, 180 to 240 mg/dL, took 20 mg of flaxseed lignans per day, 100 mg per day or a placebo.

After 12 weeks, those who had taken 100 mg of flaxseed lignans had a much lower ratio of LDL cholesterol to HDL cholesterol, both compared to the start of the study and compared to placebo.High triglyceride levels and obesity can also cause elevated liver enzymes.

Researchers found that the 100 mg flaxseed group had lower blood levels of two liver enzymes—a sign that inflammation and cell damage in the liver had decreased—compared to the start of the study and to placebo. 

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