More Interesting Studies About Flaxseed
I did some digging and came across two more studies about Flaxseed. The first is study looked at the effect of Flaxseed “Drink” a sweeten drink made with Flaxseed Fiber) and Flaxseed Muffins on Cholesterol and Fecal Fat Excretions (kinda gross but interesting). The results were pretty astonishing lowering cholesterol by 12-15% in just 1 week! That’s a big drop and a very simple change to just add a small amount of Flaxseed added to you diet.
The results of the present study demonstrate that consumption of 5 g of dietary fibers from flaxseeds daily for one week significantly increased fecal excretion of fat and reduced total and LDL-cholesterol markedly. Despite similar doses of dietary fiber, the effect of the dietary fiber was less pronounced when incorporated into bread than when administered as a drink, which emphasizes the importance of food matrix.
We observed a lowering of both total-cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol by 12 and 15%, respectively, within just seven days in young healthy adults with normal blood cholesterol concentrations. It can be speculated that the effect may be overestimated as the short intervention period does not allow for equilibrium to occur, but the short duration was chosen due to the high level of controlled diet and the fact that fecal parameters were the main end point. However, in support of our findings, effects of similar magnitude are reported in a recently published study, in which 5 g of flaxseed gum per day for three months reduced total and LDL cholesterol by 10 and 16%, respectively in type 2 diabetics.
The second study, suggests (but is far from proving) that a chemical found in Flaxseed can help help to relieve Depression.
J Nat Med. 2012 Apr 3. [Epub ahead of print]
The antidepressant effect of secoisolariciresinol, a lignan-type phytoestrogen constituent of flaxseed, on ovariectomized mice.
Wang YF, Xu ZK, Yang DH, Yao HY, Ku BS, Ma XQ, Wang CZ, Liu SL, Cai SQ.
Department of Chemistry, Capital Normal University, 105 Xisanhuanbei Road, Beijing, 100048, China.
Secoisolariciresinol (SECO) is a natural lignan-type phytoestrogen constituent mainly found in flaxseed. It can be metabolized in vivo to mammalian lignans of enterodiol and enterolactone, which have been proven to be effective in relieving menopausal syndrome. Depression is one of the most common symptoms of menopausal syndrome, and is currently treated with estrogen replacement and antidepressant therapy. However, due to the serious side-effects of such agents, there are urgent needs for safer and more tolerable treatments. In this paper, using two classical depression models, the forced swimming test and the tail suspension test, we report the antidepressant effect of SECO on ovariectomized (OVX) mice by intragastric administration for 14 consecutive days at doses of 5, 10 and 20 mg/kg. The results showed that SECO (10 mg/kg) treatment could significantly reduce the duration of immobility of OVX mice in these two models compared with the control group (OVX mice + vehicle), which was similar to the positive control imipramine. In addition, SECO treatment could substantially increase brain monoamine (norepinephrine and dopamine) levels in OVX mice. The present studies showed that SECO can reverse depressive-like behavior and exhibit monoamine-enhancing effects.
Beyond that, there are many more studies showing that Flaxseed has Anti-Oxidant and Anti-Inflammatory effects as well. So Lose Weight, Lower Cholesterol, Potentially Relieve Depression, and Improve Overall Health… Pretty good effects for 2 tablespoons a day!