February 28, 2020
Flax Seeds for Hypertension

Flax Seeds for Hypertension

“Flax Seeds for Hypertension” A recent article in the
journal Meat Science acknowledged that a sector of
the population perceives meat as a food that is detrimental to their health because of studies associating meat
consumption with heart disease and cancer. For these reasons, these
meat consumers look for healthier food alternatives
as a means to maintain good health. So, this represents a good opportunity for
the industry to develop some new products. Natural foods could be added to meat
to reach those health-oriented consumers by boosting antioxidants
levels, for example. Foods like flax seeds
and tomatoes are healthy, associated with reduced risks of
cancer and cardiovascular disease. So by making flaxy tomato burgers, they figure they can reduce saturated
fat intake and less sugar somehow? It’s like their flaxseed fed pork
idea to produce “enriched lard.” Wouldn’t it be easier to just to cut out the
middle-pig and eat flax seeds ourselves? Flax seeds have been described as a “miraculous
defense against some critical maladies.” Now, I’m a fan of flax, but this
title seemed a bit over exuberant. I figured something just
got lost in the translation, but then I saw this study and realized
maybe that title is not too far off. Rarely do we see a dietary
study of this caliber. A prospective, double-blinded,
placebo-controlled, randomized trial— you know how hard that
is in a nutrition study? I mean, for drugs it’s easy: you take two identical looking pills –
one’s active, one’s placebo – and until the end of the study
neither the researcher nor the patient has any idea which is which,
hence double blind. But people tend to notice
what they’re eating. So how do you sneak a quarter
cup of ground flaxseeds into half of peoples’ diets
without them knowing it? They created these various flax
or placebo containing foods, and even added like bran and molasses
to match the color and texture so it was all a big secret
until 6 months later when they broke the code
to see who ate which. Why test it on hypertension? Because having a systolic blood pressure
over 115 – that’s the top number – may be the single most important
determinant for death in the world today. If you take a bunch of older folks, most of them on an array of blood pressure
pills, and don’t improve their diet at all, despite the drugs they may start out, on average,
hypertensive and stay hypertensive 6 months later. But those who were unknowingly
eating ground flaxseeds every day dropped their systolic blood
pressure about 10 points, and their diastolic, the lower
number, by about 7 points. That might not sound like a lot, but a drop like that could cut stroke
risk 46%, heart disease 29%, and that 10-point drop in the top number could have
a similar effect on strokes and heart attacks. And for those that started out
over 140, they got a 15-point drop. In summary, flax seed induced
one of the most potent antihypertensive effects ever
achieved by a dietary intervention. In other words, the magnitude of
this decrease in blood pressure, demonstrated by dietary flax seed, is as good or better than any
other nutritional interventions, and comparable to many drugs, which
can have serious side effects. And they’re not exaggerating
about the comparable to drugs bit. The flax dropped systolic
and diastolic up to 15 and 7. Compare that to powerful
ACE inhibitors like Vasotec, which may only drop
pressures 5 and 2. Calcium channel blockers like
Norvasc or Cardizem, 8 and 3 – half of what the flax could do. And side effects include… Compare this list to that of
the side effect of flaxseeds: its pleasant nutty flavor. During the 6-month trial there were
strokes and heart attacks in both groups. Even if the flax seeds can
cut risk in half, though, any avoidable risk is unacceptable. Well, isn’t high blood pressure
just inevitable as we get older? No, the prevalence of hypertension does increase
dramatically with age, but not for everyone. People who eat more plant-based diets or
keep their salt intake low enough tend not to exhibit any change in
blood pressure with advancing age. So, you know, flax is great, but always better
to prevent the disease in the first place.

56 thoughts on “Flax Seeds for Hypertension

  1. Just wanted to thank you for all your videos….great information and journal/study based. This has been great in my graduate studies for a NP in nursing, but more importantly for my personal health and those I serve. Thanks! Please keep it going.

  2. I'm excited about this.
    Were the seeds in this study ground or eaten whole?
    Where they heated inside bread or porridge or eaten raw?
    I recently went vegan since the January 1st, but have only noticed a slight reduction in blood pressure. It would be great if something like this would get me off my meds completely.

  3. Awesome. I got my parents to eat flax every day and I keep telling them what other good effects it has when a new video is out 🙂

  4. Start slowly with the flaxseeds: start with teaspoon in your cereal or smoothie, or sprinkled over salad. You can then build up from there. A quarter cup is about 4 tablespoons or about 57 grams.

  5. Excellent news…I've used about a tablespoon of flaxseed meal daily for years for omega 3; I keep it frozen because I hear it goes rancid fast. But 1/4 cup? Too much for me, it doesn't exactly taste good. I get flax milk too and add some more flax that way. Flaxseed meal also helps digestion and "regularity."

  6. omg you just saved my life i'm 46 and have hypertension i'm not overweight and vegan. I am on medication all my blood tests, heart and veins are all great. Maybe flax seeds could help. My problem is stress

  7. Hello dr. Greger , May I know your opinion about vegan deficiences fatty acids DHA and vitamins  K2, D3 ? Thank you

  8. Very exciting!  I am wondering, however, if someone is already on BP meds and they add 1/4 cup of flax seed/day to their diet, could there be a problem using both the meds and the flax seed?  I assume would need to make sure they don't end up with hypotension, right?

  9. What your stand on water? Not sure if your can call it a nutrient but it's certainly a critical component in our diet. Are there studies your aware of that cover pure/distilled water vs. say tap or spring water. From my research I drink pure water and think there's a lot of misinformation out there on the topic my conclusion to get organic minerals from plants, not inorganic minerals from say spring/tap water. 

  10. As expert, I'm sure Hybetez Remedy can be great way to cures your cholesterol safely. Why not give it a shot? maybe it can work for you too.

  11. Thanks for NutritionFacts and right now thanks for this video. I've been vegan for 7 years now and my blood pressure is still high. Am now seriously lowering salt intake and consider daily flax as my OTC blood pressure med.

  12. I add ground flaxseed to my daily breakfast smoothies, and went from being hypertensive to an optimal blood pressure reading. I'm grateful for all the free information on the internet.

  13. "A research team based in Poland may have discovered that CBD is a major component of the flax plant. The Cannabis plant also makes CBD (Cannabidiol), a miraculous plant compound that demonstrates the potential to treat a wide range of diseases with virtually no side effects."

    Source: http://www.examiner.com/article/getting-the-flax-straight-about-cannabidiol

    Can you respond to this? Thanks.

  14. Hello Dr.:  I wanted to make you aware of an incident that happened to me 2 years ago when I began adding flax seeds to my morning smoothies.  These were whole flax seeds, and apparently they weren't getting ground in the smoothie well enough.  A couple of months later, I developed a bowel blockage, and was in need of emergency surgery.  The surgeon reported finding the tips ends of flax seeds embedded in the diverticulum, and rips and tears which he thinks corresponded to these flax seed tips.  4.5 ft. of bowel was removed, and it was a terrible experience.  I'm not blaming anyone, except myself for my own ignorance, but it might be wise to make people aware of what COULD occur if the whole seeds aren't ground properly.  I've been unable to find finely gr. flax seed yet, and if I do, I will use it, but I completely avoid flax seeds on breads or any other items, for obvious reasons.  Just thought I'd share this with you, in hopes of sparing someone else from having to undergo the same hellacious surgeries (2) that I did.  Thank you for your kind attention.

  15. The lecture refers to 1/4 cup flaxseeds. The conversion is 1/4 cup equals 4 Tablespoons which may help when measuring since not all of us have measuring cups nearby. Thank you for the excellent lecture, Dr Greger!

  16. I'm over here watching these videos while I eat a bowl of mixed beans with 2tbs of flaxseed mixed in and eating baby okra and brussel sprouts on the side. :3 Ever since I learned about gut bacteria it makes me want to eat healthier because I'm like, "FEED MY CHILDREN FEED"

  17. Seriously, I´m so confused about the whole thing about flaxseeds. In my country "The Swedish National Food Administration" advices people not to consume any ground flaxseeds due to their ability to release very toxic hydrogen cyanides inside the body! This is what they say:
    "We advice people not to eat ground or crushed flaxseeds at all. However, about 2 tablespoons of WHOLE flaxseeds should be OK. But too much isn´t good. The seeds contains substances that can create toxic hydrogen cyanides."

    Whenever I watch Gregers videos or any other sources claiming the health benefits of flaxseeds, the whole cyanide thing is never mentioned!!
    I´ll personally avoid this seeds until someone can prove that they are completely safe to eat!

  18. I hear that pre-ground flax seeds from the store aren't as good as whole flax seeds ground just before use? Anybody have any further information on this?

  19. Actually eating flaxseed or using flaxseed oil (which never should be used in high temp, best use for salads or dressing) you have to be careful. For example you shouldn't eat whole seeds itself as they can "clog" your digestion system, you can mill the seeds but they only can be eaten fresh – as when seeds is opened some proteins in seeds are quickly oxidize – when this happens this can be turn into poison. Decoction from flaxseed can be very beneficial – both from whole or grated seed.

  20. Hi Dr Greger, i just bought your book on Indigo (im in Mtl) even i lisen your videos for few years, its my way to say thank you for all your works, i learn a lot with you. Love.

  21. Ι am vegan and I highly appreciate NutritionFacts.org , ΒUT flaxseed lowers the TESTOSTERONE .Ι reckon it is important and we should be informed about…

  22. I eat a plant based diet and I still have high blood pressure. I think it could be from stress and anxiety though.

  23. Flax is gross gives me belly pain and it is oily plant containing a lot of phytoestrogens, bad for men since makes them feminine and bad for women because it will make them estrogen sensitive cancer cells growth in breast uterine cancer and horrid periods.Lots of estrogen in women makes the women f a t . Chia/flax frenzy should be stopped. Damn, I am a biologist, if you consume this shit you will be sorry later. Flax because contains even more phytoestrogen, check it out. I am polish and live in Poland and am a biologist. My friend with breast cancer after one breast surgery was still bloody staffing her face with chia and flax, bleathing from uterus in between period and growing next lovly bump in the breast. Than I told her to immediately stop the frigen chi/flax mix and the poor woman regained her normal endocrine functions. No bleading etc.Please, put this message in viral form if you know how because I don't to my fellow men so they don't get needlesly sick.Cha and flax somebody peddles and makes millions of this crap. Better consume black seeds, cacao that gets rid of toxins and astragalus that extends telomerse and rejuveneates the body. Otherwise don't come to me crying with bumps hanging all over the body and within, including prostates.I hope you dont make a penny on you stupid frodulent book. You sound like you are drunk cynical cigarete puffing old burnout men. Boooo

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  25. I have lost 30lb in the last few months having turned to a vegan and low fat diet. When l took my 2 blood pressure medications, my hands became extremely painful if they got cold. Now that l have stopped these meds, l no longer get this pain. Dr John McDougall advocates that we should not drop too low below 140/80 when we get older and have had a history of hypertension. High blood pressure is there for a purpose apparently. It forces blood to reach the extremities! Which helps to explain why my hands were painful. Also blood pressure meds can make men impotent for probably the same reason.

  26. Flax seeds, oatmeal, ripe bananas and fresh orange juice are the ingredients of my daily breakfast-smoothie. My BP has decreased by almost 20 mmgH (diastolic and systolic) during the past 3 months. Thank you for helpful informations. Greetings from Germany. I love your videos 🙂

  27. Hi, thanks for the great information Michael!

    I was just wondering what do you think about the potential for cyanide poisoning from ground flaxseeds?

  28. How much flax should someone consume to reduce high blood pressure? I've plant based for 4 months and still suffer from high blood pressure and have not lost any weight. I'm so frustrated. I feel like my body is rebelling against all my best efforts to make lifestyle changes.

  29. Hello there, have you considered Hybetez Remedy yet? Just simply do a google search. On there you will discover that an awesome tips about how you can treat your high blood pressure issue inherently . Why not give it a shot? perhaps it's going to work for you too.

  30. My question stems from a Swedish study conducted on ground flax seeds, which showed that there potentially could be harmful amount of cyanogenic glycoside found in them. Which then could be converted to cyanide in the body. I would love to include ground flax seeds in my diet – seeing as it has it's own spot on your daily dozen – however, this study has me concerned.

  31. Love your videos!!!
    Thanks for this knowledge! 👌
    Also, can you please clarify something for me?
    Is organic unpasteurized Dairy actually good for you?

  32. Does it contain cyanide?

    On the Internet you can often hear statements that flax can not be used(more than 30-40 grams for example), because it contains real cyanide compounds(potassium cyanide), which, though not kill, but seriously damage the nervous system or the body.

    And always when asked-where such information and why flax is freely sold in many stores (although it should be banned for sale or the buyer, at least – would be informed of the danger) – people can not give any clear answer.

    The real situation is that cyanogenic compounds-naturally deposited in the linseed toxic substances, the main of which are-linamarin, linustatin, lotaustralin and neolinustatin. But their numbers are very small (0.4%), and in the case of monoglycosides – not found. The level of cyanogens strongly depends on the plant variety, rather than on the growing conditions, which facilitates breeders breeding varieties with an even lower number of natural toxicants.

  33. So … how are we supposed to eat this flax? I actually like ground flax …. in my oatmeal anyway. But how am I supposed to eat all these flax?

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