Flax Lignans Changing Cancer Treatment
Back in 2008 it was called a new discovery that produced astounding results, and yet, it was not a new discovery. It was just old wisdom getting noticed again, after some years of neglect. The studies were documenting that stage 4 cancer patients became cancer free within two months, that tumor metastasis was dramatically reduced and that mice that were fed flax lignans had half the tumors of the control group.
Because the action of the flax lignans is actually improving the immune function, its effect was not limited to working on cancer alone. People with Type 2 diabetes no longer needed insulin injections. Men with enlarged prostates did not need to get up to urinate in the middle of the night.
So what is the big deal with Flax Lignans? How is it different from flax seed?
Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans are not the whole flax seeds, they are concentrated from flax seed shells, or hulls. Who would expect that the most important nutrients, the disease-fighting lignans, are found in the hull that encases the seed?
The nutrients are concentrated — one teaspoon of Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans contains the nutritional equivalent of two gallons of flax seed. Yes, gallons.
While flax seed oil is an excellent source of ALA and omega-3 essential fatty acids, there are practically no lignans contained in the oil.
Lignans are chemical compounds found in plants. They’re one of the major classes of phytoestrogens (plant-sourced estrogen-like compounds), which are chemicals that act as antioxidants. Flax seed is the richest source of lignans in the plant kingdom, containing up to 800 times more than any other plant source. There are 27 different lignans in the flax seed and scientists believe they all work together to provide their amazing health benefits..
The major lignan in flax seed is called secoisolariciresinol diglucoside (SDG). It’s actually a lignan precursor, which means its power isn’t unlocked until it is metabolized by your body. In the intestines, SDG morphs into two lignans that have the ability to reduce cancer, tame diabetes, shrink enlarged prostates, and boost the immune system.
Processing innovation makes lignans available.
Though scientists have been aware that the flax seed hulls have a great nutritional potential, they were failing make those nutrients available to you. Finally, not a scientist, but a farmer Curtis Rangeloff invented a non-chemical method of mechanically separating the lignan-rich hulls from the rest of the flax.
The Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans can contain nearly 65 percent of pure lignans. Each scoop can deliver 150-300 mg of SDG per serving. That’s 70 times the amount of SDG typically contained in the same amount of traditional ground flax seed.
In addition to the lignans, flax seed hulls contain high levels of omega-3s, and antioxidants. To give you some perspective—the ORAC value (measuring food’s antioxidant content) of kale is 1,770 per 100 grams, white Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans get your 19,600 per 100 grams. The hulls also contain 4.3 g of fiber and 2.8 g of protein in each tablespoon.
The effects of SDG’s on cancer were studied in Canada on a group of postmenopausal women with newly diagnosed breast cancer. Each day for a month, the women in the test group ate a flaxseed muffin containing a predetermined concentration of SDG. After only one month, the growth of the cancer cells was reduced by 34.2%. Even better, 31% of cancer cells were completely killed, and the expression of the cancer growth receptor Her2 (c-erB2) decreased by 71%.
Her2 is part of a family of genes that help to regulate cell growth. Some breast cancers undergo a gene amplification, and instead of having two gene copies of the Her2 gene as in a normal cell, there are multiple copies that cause cell growth regulation to fail. Tumors grow more quickly, are more aggressive, and are less sensitive to chemotherapy. This can also occur in other cancers such as ovarian cancer and stomach cancer. The results suggest that SDG is able to reduce this process considerably.
Causing cancer cells to shut down.
In two studies on breast cancer cells implanted into immune deficient mice, flax lignans again proved deadly to cancer. Both tumor growth and metastasis were significantly reduced. In one of the studies, metastasis to the lungs was reduced by 82 percent. The average number of tumors was also considerably lower in the test group than in the control group.
The promising studies don’t stop at breast cancer. A study in California demonstrated that SDG reduced risk of endometrial cancer in some women by 32 percent. This reduced risk was most evident among postmenopausal women who consumed high levels of both isoflavones and lignans. Other studies have shown similar reduced risk for uterine and ovarian cancers.
A clinical trial in Canada found that higher dietary lignan intake was linked to considerable reduction in colorectal cancer risk. According to studies with human colon cancer cells, lignans block the growth of tumor cells and cause them to shut down (cell death, or apoptosis).
Supplementation with SDG reduced tumors significantly in mice with melanoma. The average number of tumors in the group of mice receiving SDG was around half of the control, and tumor size was decreased.
The cancer-fighting power of flax lignans is getting recognized. The Mayo Clinic, the American Cancer Society, and the FDA acknowledge it. The Mayo Clinic says flax seed lignans may inhibit the growth of some breast cancers, and the American Cancer Society cites a study in which the growth rate of cancer cells was slowed in men suffering from prostate cancer.
Flax lignans have gotten support from the FDA. They have stated that flax seed lignans have anti-tumor activity and are potentially the richest source of phytoestrogens, and that their significant ability to prevent cancer is recognized by the National Cancer Institute.
Immune System support works system-wide.
The scientific evidence for Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans healing capacity doesn’t end with cancer. Diets rich in foods containing plant lignans have long been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. In a 12-year study of Finnish men, it was found that those with the highest intake of plant lignans were significantly less likely to die from cardiovascular disease than their counterparts who ate the least amount of foods containing plant lignans.
Flax lignans specifically have been shown to suppress the development of atherosclerosis (accumulation of plaque in arteries due to chronic inflammation) in a study on rabbits. The development of atherosclerosis in rabbits treated with the lignans was reduced by 34.4 percent. The lignans also lowered LDL cholesterol and raised levels of HDL cholesterol. In a study concerning Native American postmenopausal women, it was found that flax seed lowered LDL cholesterol by 10%. And that was just flax seed, not the nutritionally rich hulls.
Flax lignans may help to lower blood glucose levels in people with diabetes. While there are no specific studies to quote, anecdotal evidence supports the Flax Lignan recommendation.
Uninterrupted sleep, through the night.
An enlarged prostate can be quite the agony to endure. A recent study demonstrated that flax lignans could reduce prostate size. Rats given the human equivalent of 50 mg per day of SDG (Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans contain up to 300 mg per scoop) had significantly smaller prostates than those without the SDG supplementation. The SDG didn’t just stop prostate growth, it actually helped reduce the size of the prostate.
Though there are no conclusive studies concerning flax lignans and prostate cancer, there are a few that are promising. In a trial using mice, flax inhibited the growth and development of prostate cancer. In a study of 25 men who were scheduled for prostatectomy, supplementation with flax brought significant changes in serum cholesterol, total testosterone, and the free androgen index. Researchers concluded that flax lignans may be a very beneficial food for men battling prostate cancer.
Fight viral infections with a supercharged immune system.
The effect of flax lignans on the immune system is well documented. The AIDS Research Assistance Institute, which sells the Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans, is a nonprofit organization. All of the proceeds from the sale of the product go to bringing it to orphanages and clinics in Africa, where HIV and AIDS run rampant. What they’ve seen there is nothing short of incredible. Children who were drastically underweight are gaining both weight and energy, and aren’t getting the colds and flu infections they once constantly suffered from, according to Emma Fishlock, a nurse working in Swaziland. These children are rising from their deathbeds to return to school.
In a 90-day anecdotal test on 100 people with HIV (75 percent exhibiting full AIDS symptoms), 97 percent reported positive health changes, with energy and appetites increasing. Most amazing is the fact that, after 6 weeks, 28 percent had viral loads drop to non-detectable levels. Their supercharged immune systems were fighting the virus like they never had before. And it works against another virus, too…
You may already know that flu shots don’t actually do much for preventing the flu, and at their worst are actually suppressing your immune system. And the famous Tamiflu drug? It shortens your illness by one day, from 10 to 9. Big deal!
Flax lignans can do the same thing for your immune system that they are doing for the HIV patients in Africa.
When a virus enters the cells of the body, it stimulates hormones that activate the gene for p53. When this gene is activated, it actually induces virally infected cells to shut down, thereby preventing the virus from spreading. If this is activated shortly after infection, further viral replication is completely stopped. Based upon recent studies, viral infections can be stopped in this way. Flax lignans, through a series of interactions with the inner workings of the body’s cells, can increase the level of p53 in cells. Flax lignans can help to both block new viral infections and fight those that already started.
To further support our enthusiasm about Flax Lignans, we found a Canadian study also suggests that SDG may have a therapeutic role in treating lupus. A Dutch human study showed that flax lignans could be the answer for men and women with hair loss and thinning hair. Yet another, this one on rats, showed potential for liver protection.