Flaxseed Proteins Lower Blood Pressure

New research in the Journal of Functional Foods suggests flaxseeds contain amino acids that may help lower blood pressure. The study is a little complicated, but scientists determined a protein in flaxseed meal acts as an ACE-inhibitor, lowering blood pressure and reducing angiotensin. Angiotensin causes blood vessels to contract and induces hypertension. Researchers noted that these proteins have beneficial effects in the kidneys that may also help lower blood pressure; Food Navigator reports.

I eat flaxseeds everyday. Flaxseeds are potent sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids are great sources of iron, zinc, calcium, protein, magnesium, vitamin E and folate, all potent disease-fighters, but flaxseed oil is a drag. According to Dr. Fuhrman, flaxseed oil is nothing but fat and devoid of all the nutrients that make flaxseed so good. Maybe you can use it on a squeaky door.

In related news, previous research has shown salt decreases levels of nitric oxide synthase, an enzyme that reduces blood pressure and all that high blood pressure makes it hard for kids to think.

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Steve - March 31, 2009 8:44 AM

Hi Gerry
When I was a kid in England, we used flaxseed oil (also known as linseed oil) to lube up our cricket bats, so the wood would stay supple and less likely to crack.

The desirable quality of linseed oil was that it would go rancid quickly!

Cheers, Steve

McBloggenstein - March 31, 2009 9:05 AM

I didn't know that about flaxseed oil! It makes sense, though. I'll have to pick up ground flaxseed when my oil is used up.

Peter - March 31, 2009 5:51 PM

Steve,
I still have a bottle of raw linseed oil which I used many years ago to oil my cricket bat. I think it may be a little rancid! I use the oil it to oil garden tools.
To avoid the issue of rancidity when I make a smoothie I add linseeds. The blender crushes them up nicely. That means the linseeds don't sit around.

Cheers,

Peter

Mati - April 1, 2009 3:33 AM

Hi, I have some questions about flaxseeds. They are rather cheap here in Argentina, and I find them tasty. So the question is:

Is it the same if I eat a spoon of seeds and chew them a bit?
What about puting them in water and eating them with that gel that appears!? Or the best is to grind them?

Steve - April 1, 2009 9:23 AM

Peter, I do the same. I buy whole flaxseeds, then grind small amounts (one weeks worth at most), and store all of it in the freezer.

Mati, I believe it is best to grind them.

Steve

Mati - April 1, 2009 1:23 PM

Thank you!

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