A study of 28 people published between 1990 and 2008 showed that consuming flaxseed reduced cholesterol in the blood, with greater benefits in women and those with high cholesterol. More research found that consuming 3 tablespoons of flaxseed powder daily for 3 months can lower “bad” LDL cholesterol by 20% and total cholesterol by almost 17%.
According to scientists, this is due to the high amount of fiber present in flaxseed. The fiber binds to bile salts which then gets excreted by the body. This, in turn, results in the pulling of cholesterol from the blood into the liver to replenish these bile salts, thereby lowering cholesterol levels in the blood.
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