HappleyFit Flaxseeds Superfood for Hypertension

Hypertension is one of the most common metabolic disorders prevalent in the world. In urban India an average of 20-40% of adults suffer from hypertension. Hypertension predisposes an individual to increased cardiovascular disease. Diet and lifestyle modifications have been proved to keep the blood pressure levels at a check.

There are a number of superfoods which prove to be of dietary benefit for hypertensive patients. One such superfood is flaxseeds.

A 2014 research published in the National Library of Medicine has shown that both systolic and diastolic pressure have shown a reduction with a regular intake of flaxseeds along with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Let’s understand what makes flaxseeds a must have to keep your blood pressure levels under check:

  1. Flaxseeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
  2. Flaxseeds are a rich source of fibre.
  3. Richest source of lignans, a group of polyphenols which help to reduce cardiovascular risk.
  4. They are rich in potassium.

A daily intake of 5-8gm of freshly roasted flaxseeds prove to be beneficial for managing blood pressure.

In what way can we add flaxseeds to our diet:

  1. As salad topping, as seasoning for curd, buttermilk or raita.
  2. Adding raw flax seeds to roti dough.
  3. On the morning cereal bowl.
  4. As mouth freshener.

Tips to store Flaxseeds:

  1. Grind and store in the refrigerator to avoid oil from turning rancid. Consume within 2-4 months.
  2. Whole to be stored in an airtight container away from sunlight or heat. Consume within 5-6 months.
  3. Must be roasted freshly and consumed.

With all the benefits of flaxseeds listed, we recommend it as a must addition to the hypertensive diet along with a healthy lifestyle.

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  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25740909/

Disclaimer: The content provides generic information only, do consult qualified nutritionist and doctor for your medical condition.

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