Recent research has shown that the lignans from the flax seed are a potential boon for those afflicted with the auto immune disease systemic lupus erytheromatosus (SLE or" lupus"). The tragic end for most of the people who develop this condition is kidney failure related to the chronic inflammation created by their own immune system. Research has shown that flax seed lignans exert a specific protective effect for the kidneys of these sufferers. The understanding that this research provides modern medicine also shows that it has a positive effect on those people with polycystic kidney disease. In this day and age of frequent diuretic usage, from prescription blood pressure medications to the caffeine in coffee, tea and soda, our kidneys take a beating. The addition of a kidney friendly agent like flaxseed lignans can go a long way towards making our kidneys happier and helping them perform their blood filtration role more adequately.
Lignans are a family of compounds that are found inside the seed coats and roots of many different plants. They are a type of insoluble fiber that is proving to be an extremely valuable tool in the prevention of many different diseases. Lignans have been shown to help relieve the symptoms of menopause, as well as providing protection from hormone sensitive cancers and auto immune conditions. These remarkable compounds also have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Naturally, it is the cancer protective effects of lignans that have received the most scientific attention. Breast and prostate cancers are those that seem most affected by lignan activity. This effect may be because lignans have the ability to act like hormones and interfere with excessive hormonal production, excess hormonal binding to receptors and even the transportation of excess hormone in the blood. Flaxseed meal is, pound for pound, the richest food source of lignans on the planet. The effects on pregnancy have not been determined. Check with your Obstetrician before consuming lignans hulls.
When flaxseed lignans are consumed they are acted on by certain bacteria in our intestines to form a flavonoid compound called enterolactone. Enterolactone has been the subject of at least a dozen well-done scientific research studies over the past ten years showing that it has a positive impact on cancers of the breast, prostate, colon, skin and leukemia. It is becoming increasingly clear that those patients diagnosed with any cancer and especially those types listed here will benefit from the consumption of flaxseed lignans. Even more, those people who have a family history of any type of cancer (and who in this day and age doesn't?) can help reduce their likelihood of manifesting those cancers with the consumption of flaxseed lignans.Recent Research Suggests That The Amazing Lignans From Flax Seed May:
1/4 Cup flax seed meal provides 12 grams fiber, 13 grams protein, 9 grams EFA Omega 3.
Keep seeds in dry closed container, out of sunlight, Refrigerate when in high humidity.
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