Purpose: To demonstrate the efficacy of Beneflax™ flaxseed lignan (SDG) concentrate to lower
serum cholesterol levels.
Background: Flaxseed has been studied for various health benefits in humans, including
prostate health, glucose control, and cardiovascular health. Cholesterol levels and high
blood pressure are known to be risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Whole flaxseed has
had variable effects on serum lipid levels, perhaps a consequence of variations in the
amounts of secoisolariciresinol diglucoside (SDG) found in different flax cultivars, making
the study of this bioactive compound difficult.
Hypothesis: Flaxseed lignan (SDG) extract (Beneflax) significantly lowers total and LDL
cholesterol. Flaxseed lignans also lower blood pressure and fasting glucose levels.