Exercise and Flax-Based Nutritional Supplementation for Lowering Cholesterol

2014-08-27 03:49:35 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of our study is to use a flaxseed-based nutritional supplement in combination with exercise training (walking) for improving cholesterol levels. We hypothesize that exercise training will improve cholesterol profile and that adding supplementation with a flaxseed nutritional supplement will further improve cholesterol profile.


Flax supplementation and exercise training each have small beneficial effects for improving blood lipid profile and reducing cardiovascular disease risk. Flax lignan, a phytoestrogen found in flaxseed is thought to be the active compound responsible for the cholesterol-lowering effect of flaxseed. Our purpose is to combine an exercise training program (walking) with flax lignan supplementation for improving blood lipid profile.

Comparisons: Walking (6 days per week) plus flax lignan (500 mg per day) compared to walking plus placebo.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Prevention


Metabolic Syndrome


Flax lignan, Exercise (walking)


University of Saskatchewan
S7N 5B2




University of Saskatchewan

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