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Today's Heart Tip: Eat Flaxseed

Sarah Pederson
Administrative Assistant
St. Luke’s Heart and Vascular Services
Treasure Valley
By Anna Fritz, Health and Wellness
February 23, 2014

Flaxseed is a superfood! Full of fiber, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, flaxseed has been shown to reduce inflammation and lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It helps prevent hardening of the arteries partly by keeping white blood cells from sticking to the blood vessels’ inner linings. Eat flaxseed ground, not whole. Go for 2 tablespoons twice a day (try as a topping for oatmeal or whole-grain cereal). Grind right before eating for optimal freshness.

Sarah's heart advice: “I like to dog-walk with my neighbors…and have a small glass of red wine and a piece of dark chocolate for dessert.”

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About The Author

Anna Fritz is a writer and editor with St. Luke’s Communications and Marketing.