“Just to let you know that I am so pleased with your product!! I am the one who told you about my perimenopausal headaches and how I was taking another product with lignans in it, but they discontinued the item. I was unsure if your product would work, and pleasantly surprised that it works even better than the other. I suspect that they did not have as much lignan in theirs as had been advertised... Thanks so much, you have won an ongoing customer!!!”
- Judy K.
- Debi R.
LIGNANS HEALTH BENEFITS
Lignans are high in antioxidants, high in fiber and have great cancer fighting properties. There are 9 main potential health benefits from Flaxseed lignans and those are:
|Breast Cancer Prevention||Hair Growth||Ovarian & Uterine Cancer Prevention|
|Prostate Cancer Prevention||Colon Cancer Prevention||Menopause Relief|
|Cushings Disease Treatment||Diabetes Prevention||Improvement of Digestion|
Cushings Disease Treatment.
Dr Jack Oliver DVM PhD issued a report in 2009 indicating that flaxseed lignans may be a good treatment for Canine Cushings disease. We did a survey of our customers in 2012 and 85% of those that responded said they saw improvements in an average of 2 months. Another study showed a reduction in tumor sizes. click here to see more on canine cushings disease treatment.
Studies have shown that women with high levels of lignans in their bodies, as measured from urine and/or blood samples, have a reduced rate of breast cancer. Read more about reducing the risk of breast cancer.
High Antioxidant Value
Lignans have a higher antioxidant (ORAC) Value than any other fruit or vegetable. See Orac Chart.
Diets rich in foods containing plant lignans (whole grains, nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits, and vegetables) have been consistently associated with reductions in risk of cardiovascular disease. However, it is likely that numerous nutrients and phytochemicals found in these foods contribute to their cardioprotective effects. In a prospective cohort study of 1,889 Finnish men followed for an average of 12 years, those with the highest serum enterolactone levels (a marker of plant lignan intake) were significantly less likely to die from coronary heart disease (CHD) or cardiovascular disease than those with the lowest levels (11). (Source: Linus Pauling Institute)
Ovarian and Uterine Cancer prevention
The lignans are have anti-estrogenic properties that mimic estrogen and bind to estrogen receptors but dont have the same antagonistic effects of estrogen. The plant estrogens are a cleaner form of "estrogen" and ultimately your normally occurring estrogen is flushed out of the body. It is believed that this is the mechansim behind the studies that indicate reduced rates of ovarian cancer and reduced rates of uterine cancer. Nothing is guaranteed to prevent these cancers but healthy diets incuding fresh fruits and vegetables high in lignan content may reduce the risk.
A case-control study conducted in Scotland found that higher serum enterolactone concentrations were associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer. Enterolactone is produced in the intestines by bacteria acting on lignans.
Flaxseed SDG may have a therapeutic role in lupus nephritis. (Clark W. et al Lupus,: 429, 2000) Vegetarian men have a lower incidence of prostate cancer than omnivorous males. Plant lignans give rise to the mammalian lignans, enterodiol and enterolactone; the richest source is linseed (flaxseed). More about Prostate Cancer Prevention.
Colon Cancer Prevention
Flaxseed, the richest source of mammalian lignan precursors, such as secoisolariciresinol diglycoside (SD), has been shown over the short term to decrease some early markers of colon cancer risk. This study determined that flaxseed has a colon cancer protective effect, that it is due, in part to SD and that the protective effects of flaxseed is associated with increase beta-glucuronidase activity.(Jenab M & Thompson L, Carcinogenesis, 17:1343, 1996)
Flaxseed supplementation at the 5% level to a high-fat basal diet significantly lowered early neoplastic indices in both the colon and mammary gland of rats. With the purification of SDG from flaxseed, it was shown that both flaxseed (5% by weight) and SDG (at levels equivalent to that in the 5% flaxseed diet) can significantly reduce mammary tumor size and/or number when fed at early and late stages of carcinogenesis. Significant reductions in colon cancer risk markers, such as the size and multiplicity of aberrant crypt foci in carcinogen treated rats, have also been observed with flaxseed and SDG. Health Effects of Flaxseed Mucilage, Lignans Inform, Vol. 8, no. 8 (August 1997)
A Mayo clinic study shows that, "lignans provide a more natural estrogen treatment for menopause and hot flashes than synthetic hormone therapy and therefore are a potentially healthier treatment for both." Sandhya Pruthi, MD. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Published February 1, 2008 Read more about menopause relief.
Flaxseed Hulls are high in fiber and lignans. The fiber is good for digestion, absorbing impurities and cleansing the colon. Fiber has been known to improve bowel movements as well as reduce the rate of colon cancer. If you are not already taking a lot of fiber, you will see a definite increase in your stool size and frequency. You want to achieve a good bowel movement at least once a day. Any longer than that and you are holding toxins in your body which is unhealthy. By eating our flaxseed hulls you are purging your body of unhealthy toxins more frequently.
Because flaxseed and its lignans are colon cancer protective, it is concluded that, in contrast to other studies, beta-glucuronidase activity may play a beneficial role in their presence by increasing mammalian lignan absorption and enterohepatic, (Jenab M, et al, Nutr Cancer, 33(2): 154, 1999)
Flax is a potent source of lignans.... studies suggested that they may interfere with the development of breast, prostate, colon, and other tumors in humans. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Vol. 86 No.23. December 7, 1994 pg. 1748
There are studies that indicate that people with high amounts of lignans in their bodies have a reduced rate of hair loss and other studies that have shown hair regeneration. Hair loss can be cause by the hormone DHT. Flaxseed lignan can inhibit the production of the enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT. One asian study on men over a 6 month period showed significant improvment in hair growth in an average of 2 months. Our customers report to us that one of the first symptoms to improve when treating their dogs for cushings disease with flax hull lignans is hair growth.
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been implicated in the development of diabetes mellitus. SDG isolated from flaxseed is an antioxidant. An investigation was made of the effects of SDG on the development of diabetes in rats, to determine if SDG can prevent/reduce the development of diabetes and if this prevention/reduction is associated with reduction in oxidative stress. RESULTS: SDG prevented the development of diabetes by 75%.(Prasad K, et a, Mol Cell Biochem, 206(1-2): 2000; Prasad K. Mol Cell Biochem, 209(1-2): 89.2000)