Your heart disease risk can be cut by eating flaxseeds, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
The seeds high omega-3 content makes them a good alternative to marine products, which were previously recommended to help prevent heart disease.
More than a quarter of UK deaths are caused by the condition, making it one of the most common killers nationwide.
Coronary heart disease, or ischaemic heart disease, is one of the most common forms of the condition.
Symptoms of the condition can include chest pain, unusual breathing and heart failure, which you’re more likely to have if you smoke, have high blood pressure or have diabetes.
However, you could reduce your risk by making changes to your diet.
“Flaxseeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and phytoestrogens to boost heart health,” said the US-based clinic on its website.
“Take them in ground or milled form to reap the benefits.”
The British Heart Foundation also said flaxseeds can “help maintain our heart health”.
“It is recommended that we eat a portion of oily fish a week to benefit from these and help maintain our heart health,” said the charity on its website.
“For people who don’t eat fish, nuts and seeds are an alternative omega-3 source. But this is a different type of omega-3, which may not have the same heart-health benefits.”
The British Heart Foundation said eating a 30 gram portion daily provides you with 153 calories, and can be mixed with salads, smoothies or sprinkled on porridge.
Scientists have said that another product in flaxseeds, alpha-linolenic acid, may also help prevent heart disease.
Writing in a review published by the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 2010, Delfin Rodriguez-Levya and colleagues said flaxseeds are “one of the richest sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-linolenic acids”.
Based on data available at the time they concluded alpha-linolenic acid could help prevent heart disease.
“Based on the results of clinical trails, ingestion of alpha-linolenic acid has been suggested to have a positive impact on heart disease. Because of its high alpha-linolenic acid content, the use of flaxseeds has been advocated to combat heart disease,” they added,
Drinking green tea could also help reduce your risk of heart disease.
Green tea could lower the amount of ‘bad’ cholesterol and triglycerides in the body, according to Harvard Medical School.
Cholesterol is made by the liver from the saturated fats that you eat.
A build up of cholesterol could lead to heart disease, and therefore a heart attack.
You should drink at least five cups of green tea everyday to lower your risk of heart attack death by 26 per cent, studies revealed.