Let’s Talk About Flaxseed!

Flaxseed is a surprisingly high source of antioxidants with a variety of health benefits. The flaxseed antioxidant lignin alpha-linolenic acid has been attributed with producing a variety of beneficial actions on the cardiovascular and reproductive systems. For example, flaxseed has shown anti-arrhythmic, anti-atherogenic, anti-hypertensive, and cholesterol-lowering actions in animal and human studies attributed to its alpha-linolenic acid (Parikh & Pierce 2019). Flax’s alpha-linolenic acid also has beneficial effects on the female reproductive system through regulation of dysfunctional reproductive hormones and processes (e.g., polycystic ovarian syndrome, ovarian cancer, ovarian growth, follicle development, reproductive cycles, ovarian cell proliferation and apoptosis, oo- and embryogenesis, and reproduction)(Sirotkin 2023; Emamat et al., 2023).

The antioxidants in flaxseed and flaxseed extracts also have potent anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce the inflammatory compounds NO, 3NT, and NF-κB when administered orally and prophylactically (Chera et al., 2022).





Persia et al's 2020 Antioxidant Anti-Inflammatory Cocoa-Flax Smoothie

  • 8 oz of dark green leafy vegetables (e.g.,, spinach, baby bok choy, or baby kale).
  • 2.25 cups of blueberries.
  • 1 banana.
  • 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed.
  • ½ cup of soy milk (plain or vanilla) or unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
  • ½ cup of water.

Health Benefits:

  • Reduces inflammation and CRP (inflammatory marker)
  • Reduces risk for cardiovascular disease
  • Reduces risk for autoimmune diseases
  • Reduces risk for COVID-19
  • Reduces risk for age-related macular degeneration
  • Reduces risk for chronic kidney disease and injury
  • Reduces risk for nonallergic asthma
  • Reduces risk for COPD
  • Reduces risk for hypertension
  • Reduces risk for all-cause mortality

Key Players in this Antioxidant Anti-Inflammatory Cocoa Super Smoothie

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