PRIMAL: Add ¼ cup of flax seeds to one’s diet

Volume 22 · January 26th 2015 · Michael Greger, M.D.Flax
Seeds for Hypertension

Extraordinary results reported in a rare example of a double-blinded, placebo-controlled, randomized trial of a dietary intervention (flaxseeds) to combat one of our leading killers, high blood pressure.

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Rarely do we see a dietary study of this caliber. A prospective, double-blinded, placebo-controlled, randomized trial—you know how hard that is in a nutrition study? For drugs it’s easy: you have two identical looking pills, one’s active, one’s placebo, and until the end of the study neither the researcher nor the patient has any idea which is which, hence double blind. But people tend to notice what they’re eating. So how did they sneak a quarter cup of ground flax seeds into half of the people’s diets without them knowing? They created all these various flax or placebo containing foods, and even added like bran and molasses to match the color and texture so it was all a big secret until 6 months later when they broke the code to see who ate which.

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With no side effects.

Seems like a good idea to me.

I’ll try it.

What’s to lose?

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