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Flaxseed improves overall health in dialysis patients

Those on dialysis to cleanse the blood when the kidneys stop working often have inflammation and abnormal blood lipids, raising chances for heart problems.

Doctors wanted to see if flax could improve lipid profiles. In this study, 30 people on dialysis with high triglycerides and low levels of HDL—the good cholesterol—ate their normal diet with or without 40 grams of flaxseed per day. After eight weeks, compared to no flaxseed, the flaxseed group saw triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and signs of inflammation all improve.

Doctors said that the omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed may prevent fat forming in the liver and may help break down fats and eliminate them from the body. Also, omega-3s in flaxseed may help reduce several types of inflammation in the body.

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