Flax has roots dating back to ancient Egypt and China, making it one of the oldest fiber crops to be recorded. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetic and control rats were divided in two subgroups, one untreated, and one treated with flaxseed (0.714 g/kg body weight/day; orally) for 12 weeks. Flaxseeds are also high in vitamins and minerals such as folate, copper, magnesium, manganese, or vitamin B6. RESULTS: Dietary flaxseed supplementation in diabetic hamsters was associated with significant reductions in serum TC (-24.9%), TC/HDL-C ratio (-60%) and increase in serum HDL-C (+91%) as compared to diabetic group without supplementation. Plant omega-3 help the cardiovascular system through several different mechanisms, including anti-inflammatory action and normalizing the heartbeat. Some evidence suggests that flaxseed can lower blood sugar levels.
Incidence of diabetes was 100% in Group III and 25% in Group IV. High quality flaxseed