Barry Bonds, Flaxseed oil, and Cholesterol: Just the flax please!
August 03, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health NewsLITTLETON, CO - August 3rd, 2007 - In 2003 Barry Bonds told a grand jury that he thought he was taking flaxseed oil, rather than anabolic steroids which is what some allege that Bonds was really taking. Major League Baseball has a strict policy against the use of anabolic steroids and Mr. Bonds has been embroiled in this controversy for a number of years now. At stake is Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record. Barry Bonds has hit 754 career home runs and is two shy of breaking Hank Aaron's record.
While it is not clear whether rubbing down with flaxseed oil will help someone hit more home runs than Hank Aaron, it is clear that flax seed is an extremely rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and ingesting flax seeds may very well help lower problem levels of cholesterol in many people.
In the first six months of 2007 over 387 peer-reviewed scientific articles have been published on the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. Just last month a landmark scientific study came out of the Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Edinburgh in Great Britain demonstrating that in subjects where their diet had been supplemented to increase the omega-3 fatty acid content in their blood plasma their platelet-monocyte aggregation was significantly reduced. This reduction in platelet activation and platelet-monocyte aggregation provides one of the clearest potential mechanisms through which an increase in omega-3 fatty acids can produce their cardiovascular health benefits and potentially help in the fight against heart disease.
Flax seeds are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. In fact pound for pound flax seed contains more omega-3 fatty acids than any other natural source and contains about 3 times as much as an equivalent weight of salmon. Not only has omega-3 fatty acids been show to assist in protecting the lining of your heart valves and arteries, but this fatty-acid can also lower cholesterol. For these reasons more and more people are adding naturally occurring flax seeds to their daily diets.
When asked whether there has been a recent increase in purchases of flax seed for performance enhancing purposes like the one Barry Bonds is implicating, president of Greatplainsflax.com, John Schutt, laughed and said he was unaware of anyone purchasing flax seed from his store for this reason. Mr. Schutt did say however, “the growth in the number of people purchasing flax seed to help with a number of common health problems such as high cholesterol has been increasing in the double digit area each of the past 5 years”. “We have had a number of customers send us emails or post testimonials on our site telling of very significant reductions in cholesterol levels from using our flax seed every day over the course of a few months”, added Mr. Schutt.
One customer stated that her cholesterol decreased from 200 points to 176 points after consuming only 3 tablespoons of flax seed every day for 8 months. Another testimonial stated that the customer reduced her cholesterol from 300 to 224 after using flax seed from Greatplainsflax.com.
Flax seed has other reported health benefits besides its documented ability to lower cholesterol levels. Flax seed also contains insoluble fiber that acts to detoxify the body and lignans that may help protect the body from certain cancers. Mr. Schutt says the best way to have flax seed is to grind a small amount of fresh flax seeds for daily use and keep the remaining ground flax seed in an air-tight container in the freezer. Flaxseed oil unfortunately can go rancid rather quickly and as soon as the flax seed is ground or pressed into an oil the omega-3 fatty acids are exposed to air and begin to break down and lose their effectiveness. For this reason it is best to only grind a small amount of seed every few days. The best way to take flax seed is to add a daily tablespoon of ground flax seed on oatmeal, cereal, salads, fruit smoothies, or yogurt. It can also be included in baked items like muffins or bread.
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