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Maybe flaxseed can help avoid these situations.

Omega-3 supplements not so heart healthy?

But they might make the kids behave better

There’s good news and bad news from two recent university studies on the benefits of consuming omega-3 supplements. Omega-3 is a type of fatty acid found in oily fish such as salmon, or in plant sources such as flaxseed or canola oil. Its consumption has been widely recommended as a means of preventing heart disease. The bad

Recent research says fish, like these chinook salmon, may be the better source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Not all omega-3s are created equal

It turns out the source of these healthy fatty acids is important

Fish or flax? That’s the question researchers from the University of Guelph have been trying to answer when looking at the cancer-prevention qualities of various sources of omega-3 fatty acids. David Ma, a professor in the university’s department of human health and nutritional sciences, says so far fish is coming out on top. His work


Camelina is a low-input oilseed that grows well in cool conditions and is capable of withstanding drought.

Camelina: A viable complementary crop

Boasting a short growing season, minimal input costs and drought tolerance, 
camelina may be a decent complementary option for Manitoba producers

There are a couple of bugs to work out, but the agronomics look good, especially in rotation with soybeans. If the market potential can be realized, camelina may become a bigger part of the crop mix in Western Canada. “The interesting thing about camelina from an agronomic point of view is that it is a

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Forget everything you ever heard about eating fat

Historic U.S. and U.K. dietary advice on fats ‘should not have been introduced’

National U.S. and British advice for citizens to cut fat consumption to reduce heart disease lacked any solid trial evidence to back it up, and “should not have been introduced,” concludes research in a journal published in conjunction with the British Medical Journal and the U.K. National Cardiovascular Society. Dietary guidelines issued in 1977 and

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Flaxseed may reduce blood pressure, early findings show

The Winnipeg-based trial found significant reductions but researchers say it’s too soon to replace hypertension drugs with flax

Eating a bit of flaxseed each day might help lower high blood pressure, a new study suggests. Researchers said it’s too early to swap out blood pressure medication for the fibre-filled seeds just yet. But if future studies confirm the new results, flax might be a cheap way to treat high blood pressure, they added.


People aren’t the only ones to get late-winter blues

Late winter and early spring mark an interesting conundrum on the equine calendar. Prolonged winter weather conditions, declining nutritional values in feed, and lack of movement within confining snow boundaries and winter paddocks challenge the health of even the hardiest of horses. So it is not uncommon that particular illnesses occur and are aggravated as

Kansas company markets flax-fed ground beef

A Manhattan, Kansas company has started to market omega-3-enriched ground beef from cattle fed with flax. NBO3 Technologies worked with Jim Drouillard, a Kansas State University professor of animal sciences who has been researching the addition of flax to cattle diets to increase the omega-3 fatty acid content. Omega-3s have been shown to reduce heart



Cut the booze before the beef: Health study

At the end of December 2012, an important health study was released and created a fair bit of buzz in nutrition circles. The study, “The Global Burden of Disease Study (2010),” published in the medical journal Lancet, was an examination of a variety of factors with the goal of estimating each one’s relative contribution to