Flaxseed is rich in alpha-linoleic acid, lignans, and fiber – all of which have been associated with a beneficial effect on blood pressure. Grant Pierce, from St. Boniface Hospital (Canada), and colleagues found that bagels, muffins, and buns enriched with flaxseed at a daily dose of 30 grams, significantly reduced systolic blood pressure by 10 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure by 7 mmHg, among 110 subjects with peripheral artery disease. Among patients with both peripheral artery disease and hypertension, systolic blood pressure was reduced by 15 mmHg. submitting that: "this is the largest decrease in blood pressure ever shown by any dietary intervention – including the Mediterranean Diet and low-sodium diets,” the study authors report that: "we expect that this kind of improvement in people with hypertension could reduce the incidence of heart attack and stroke by 50%."
Aliani M, Ryland D, Pierce GN. “Effect of flax addition on the flavor profile and acceptability of bagels.” J Food Sci. 2012 Jan;77(1):S62-70.
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#94 - Breathe Easy
People spend about 90% of their time indoors. Consequently. the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors that outdoors. Cut down on indoor triggers of allergies and asthma by following these simple tips:
• Remove pets from the home and thoroughly clean to eliminate their dander.
• Opt for leather furniture rather than upholstered pieces, since leather is an impervious material that is resistant to breeding dust mites.
• Eliminate carpet and drapes.
• Dust both vertical and horizontal surfaces weekly.
• Keep indoor humidity below 50% year round.
• Open windows for an hour each day during dry seasons to improve ventilation.
• Clean mold off shower curtains, bathroom and basement walls and other surfaces with a solution of bleach, detergent and water.
• Use a dehumidifier if your basement is damp or musty.
• Never allow smoking in the house.