Frequently Asked Questions
Brevail is a brand name from our competitor. They offer a product that is made from flaxseed hulls, but the lignan is chemically extracted from the hulls, as opposed to our product, which contains pure flaxseed hulls that have been mechanically separated from the whole flaxseed. We do not use any chemicals in the processing of our flaxseed hulls. Brevail has some added compounds for color and fillers and contains 50 mg of standardized lignan per capsule; our flaxseed lignan capsules range from 15-35 mg of lignans. There are only 30 capsules in a bottle of Brevail and there are 90 capsules in our flaxseed lignans. When comparing the total number of mg in each bottle, our cost ends up being lower, and when you buy money saving two packs from us, the difference is even greater.
Every case varies, but it is usually recommended to use lignans and melatonin in conjunction with one another because each supplement inhibits different enzymes needed to produce cortisol. Inhibiting these enzymes can effectively lower heightened cortisol levels.
Melatonin is often used to address anxiety, hair loss, or Canine Cushings. The goal of melatonin is not to put the dog to sleep, but to correct hormone imbalances (i.e. reduce heightened cortisol levels). Lowering the stress hormone cortisol can naturally help to manage Cushing's symptoms. In managing these symptoms, this can potentially result in more restful sleep. It can take a brief period of time for the dog to adjust to the melatonin, therefore their activity levels may lower, but most customers report activity levels returning to normal after a couple weeks.
Some veterinarians recommend one or the other, and some recommend both conventional meds (chemotherapy drugs), in conjunction with holistic methods. It is usually okay to give both, but this depends on the dog and case severity, and it is best to try to space out the regimen as best as you can. We always recommend consulting your veterinarian for help with dosage, how best to administer your regimen, and which combinations they suggest. If you wish to ween your dog off the medication, you'll want to introduce the new supplements slowly while gradually decreasing the dosage of the medications because it takes time to build up the lignan in the body. Again, seek your vet's advice on this matter.
Studies indicate that phytoestrogens (lignans) can help balance hormones. They are powerful antioxidants that offer immune system support and studies have reported lignans can help support heart, hair, and reproductive organ health. For info on lignans for people, visit our Health Benefits Page
Our lignans do not need to be refrigerated. It is simply recommended to store them, and your other supplements, in a cool, dry place. The only product we offer that must be refrigerated is our SAMe for liver support. These tablets are enteric coated and the bottle requires refrigeration after opening.