Flaxseed hulls are high in fiber and lignans. Fiber is important for digestion, absorbing impurities and for cleansing the colon. Fiber is known to improve bowel movements, as well as reduce the rate of colon cancer. For diets without proper fiber intake, adding lignans will yield a definite increase in stool size and frequency. Good bowel movements should be achieved at least once a day. Without this regularity, the body can begin to hold in toxins, which can be harmful. By eating flaxseed hulls, the body is purged of unhealthy toxins more frequently.
Flaxseed, the richest source of mammalian lignan precursors, such as secoisolariciresinol diglycoside (SDG), 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, due in part to SDG. The protective effects of flaxseed are also associated with increased beta-glucuronidase activity. Please note this study does not mention any particular brand of flaxseed.(Jenab M & Thompson L, Carcinogenesis, 17:1343, 1996).
Flaxseed supplementation to a high-fat basal diet significantly lowered early neoplastic indices in both the colon and mammary gland of rats. Flaxseed supplementation was given at the 5% level. 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) could 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).
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.
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