An Apple a Day View More

An apple a day is supposed to keep the doctor away by reducing the risk of developing cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.   But it’s time to add to that list, because in addition to being rich in important antioxidant polyphenols, flavonoids, and fiber, it turns out that the non-digestible compounds in… Continue Reading

Flax Seeds View More

(Linum Usitatissimun)   Flax seed is also known as common flax or linseed.  Its scientific name Linum usitatissimun means “most useful” and is appropriate based on the wide range of uses for this plant.   Flax seeds grow on the flax plant and thrive in cold climates. The plant was first introduced to Canada in… Continue Reading

Flaxseed significantly reduced total cholesterol and LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels but did not substantially affect HDL or “good” cholesterol levels or triglycerides, a new study says.   The meta-analysis, which combines results from multiple studies, was reported in the August issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.   A number of foods including… Continue Reading

This month, we feature a four-part series on cholesterol to commemorate National Cholesterol Education Month. This second article focuses on the dietary and lifestyle modifications you can make to promote healthy cholesterol levels.   For most people, changes in diet and lifestyle are simple yet challenging. But, whatever positive adjustments you make can be beneficial…. Continue Reading