Flaxseeds are the richest dietary source of lignans, which are a type of antioxidant and phytoestrogen.
Because flaxseed contains a compound called phytoestrogens, some men are concerned they must avoid this super-nutrient. While phytoestrogens are considered a plant form of estrogen, their chemical structure is different and they do not increase levels of the hormone estrogen in the body. Learn more about phytoestrogens here.
Below we’ll review some of the many health benefits of milled flaxseed for men (& women too!).
Research suggests that flaxseed can support healthy cholesterol levels. This study showed dietary flaxseed to reduce total and LDL cholesterol by 12 and 15%, respectively. And this small study showed that consuming 3 tablespoons of flaxseed per day reduced cholesterol in men with high cholesterol by 10% in just three months.
Lower Blood Pressure
A meta-analysis reviewing 15 studies, including over 1,300 participants, showed that the consumption of flaxseed reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
The lignans in flaxseed act as both an antioxidant and a phytoestrogen. These properties protect the body from cellular damage and may be a good addition to a cancer a patient’s diet. You can read more here.
There have been some studies that look at prostate health specifically. The study linked here, concludes that “this work provides some evidence to support epidemiologic studies claiming that male populations who consume high phytoestrogen diets have a reduced risk of prostate cancer development and progression”.
Flaxseed is a good source of fiber, both soluble and insoluble. Flaxseed also behaves as a prebiotic which feeds probiotics plays a role in a healthy digestive system.
Blood Sugar Management
In general, fiber, fat, and protein, will help to slow the digestion of simple carbohydrates. Flaxseed contains each of these three key nutrients, but it has been specifically studied to prove it’s effect on blood sugar control. Take a look at this video to learn more about how flaxseed may support healthy blood sugar management.
Protect Against Inflammation & Omega 3s
Flaxseed offers ALA omega-3 fatty acids. ALA is the only essential form of Omega-3s, meaning our bodies cannot produce it on it’s own and we must consume it through our diet. You’ve likely heard of the anti-inflammatory benefits of omega-3s. Take a look at this blog post to learn more.