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Flaxseed and Cardiovascular Health

Flaxseed has proven benefits in mitigating heart disease. In this post, we have drawn from scholarly articles and supported by recent statistics, scientific studies, and other reputable sources, underscores the potential health benefits of flaxseed in cardiovascular health management.


Key Components and Actions

Flaxseed is rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), lignans, fibers, and several other bioactive compounds. Its cardiovascular benefits have been attributed to these components, which exhibit various biological effects:


Antihypertensive Action

Flaxseed and its oil have shown significant potential in reducing systolic and diastolic blood pressure in both animal models and human trials. The FLAX-PAD trial, for instance, reported a considerable reduction in blood pressure among hypertensive patients consuming 30g of ground flaxseed daily.


Antiatherogenic Effects

Consumption of flaxseed has been linked with reductions in atherosclerotic plaque formation in animal models, suggesting its potential in preventing or slowing down the progression of atherosclerosis.


Lipid-lowering Capabilities

Various studies have indicated that flaxseed can reduce total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol levels, making it a viable dietary supplement for managing dyslipidemia.


Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant Properties

The lignan component in flaxseed, particularly secoisolariciresinol diglucoside (SDG), is known for its antioxidant effects. Flaxseed consumption has been associated with reduced levels of inflammatory markers in the body.


Clinical Studies and Trials

A review of clinical trials highlighted in the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology and PubMed underscores the extensive research backing the cardiovascular benefits of flaxseed.

The studies collectively demonstrate that flaxseed not only aids in controlling blood pressure and improving lipid profiles but also in managing conditions such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome, which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease.


Supporting Statistics and Research

Recent epidemiological studies and clinical trials continue to affirm the role of flaxseed in cardiovascular health:

  • The INTERMAP trial and subsequent studies have reinforced the inverse relationship between dietary ALA intake (from flaxseed) and blood pressure.
  • Meta-analyses of randomized clinical trials have consistently shown flaxseed’s efficacy in reducing blood pressure and improving lipid profiles among various populations.


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47% of Blacks and 30% of Hispanics have cardiovascular disease, and rates are rising among young people.


Prevalence of Heart Disease in the United States and Canada

United States

  • Overall Prevalence: The prevalence of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) varies significantly by race/ethnicity and gender. For the period 2017-2020, the prevalence was notably higher among certain groups, with disparities evident across different demographics. Key statistics include:
    • Black Adults: Approximately 47% of black adults in the U.S. are reported to have some form of cardiovascular disease.
    • Hispanic Adults: About 30% of Hispanic U.S. adults have been identified with cardiovascular conditions
  • Heart Failure (HF): The prevalence of heart failure is on the rise among young adults in the United States, showing pervasive racial and ethnic differences within this population segment.


  • Ischemic Heart Disease (HD): The age-standardized prevalence of ischemic heart disease in Canadian women is reported at 6.3%, and 10.0% in men. This highlights a significant gender difference in heart disease prevalence within the Canadian population.

These statistics underscore the significant health burden posed by heart disease in both countries, with notable disparities based on race, ethnicity, and gender.


Catering to a Diverse and Health-Conscious Customer Base

The Keto PowerFlax Baking Mix is not just another ingredient; it’s a transformative element for bakeries looking to innovate and lead in the competitive market of health-focused foods.

With its foundation rooted in flaxseed, this baking mix brings the proven cardiovascular benefits of flaxseed to a wide array of baked goods, making it an ideal choice for consumers attentive to heart health.


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With PowerFlax, bakeries can offer delicious, clean-label products that are plant-based, keto-friendly, and loaded with fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids.


Advantages of Keto PowerFlax Baking Mix

  • Versatile Applications: Our Keto PowerFlax Baking Mix is exceptionally versatile, suitable for creating a diverse range of products including bread, pastries, pizza crust, pita bread, waffles, cinnamon buns, and scones. This versatility enables bakeries to broaden their product range without compromising on health benefits or taste.
  • Keto-Friendly: Catering to the burgeoning ketogenic diet trend, our baking mix is keto-friendly, enabling bakeries to attract a niche yet rapidly growing market segment of health-conscious consumers looking for low-carb options.
  • Plant-Based Nutrition: In alignment with the growing preference for plant-based diets, products made with Keto PowerFlax Baking Mix are rich in plant-based protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids, catering to both nutritional needs and ethical dietary choices.
  • Clean Label: Emphasizing transparency and natural ingredients, our clean label Keto PowerFlax Baking Mix meets the demand for products free from artificial additives and preservatives, appealing to consumers seeking purity in their food choices.


Market Expansion and Sales Growth

By offering baked goods prepared with Keto PowerFlax Baking Mix, bakeries can not only diversify their product offerings but also cater to a broader audience, including health-conscious consumers, those following a ketogenic diet, and individuals concerned about heart health. This strategic move can significantly enhance customer satisfaction, loyalty, and ultimately, drive sales growth.



  • “Flaxseed: its bioactive components and their cardiovascular benefits” from the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology Link
  • “Flaxseed for Health and Disease: Review of Clinical Trials” from PubMed Link


This comprehensive report underscores flaxseed’s significant potential as a dietary supplement for mitigating heart disease risks. The collective findings from various studies provide a solid foundation for recommending flaxseed inclusion in the diet as part of a broader strategy to improve cardiovascular health.


Laurie Tsemak is the founder and co-owner of PowerFlax Holdings Inc. and Red Square Bakery. Laurie and her husband, Mark have spent 34 years in the wholesale and retail baking field, focusing on innovative product development to serve health-conscious customers and forward-thinking commercial bakeries.

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