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General Health: High in Lignan Flax Oil

A combination that packs a punch against cancer, heart disease, and more!

by Jade Beutler, R.R.T., R.C.P.

 Flax oil has become one of the most exciting and sought after products in health food stores today, both for its preventative and curative properties. Research on flax and the Omega-3 fatty acids it contains has resulted in a near panacea regarding the number of diseases and afflictions that it can relieve and outright cure. Flax oil fights heart disease by lowering dangerous LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as decreasing the viscosity of thick blood, and reducing the build up of atherosclerotic plaque on artery walls. The list goes on to include relief and amelioration of:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Skin conditions including: dry skin,
  • psoriasis, eczema, acne
  • Immuno suppression
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Allergies
  • Behavorial disorders
  • Arthitis
  • Chronic viral, bacterial and fungal infections
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Kidney disease

Equally, if not more important, is the role that essential fatty acids, found in flax oil, play in brain development. Studies on rats and rhesus monkeys revealed that dietary restriction of Omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy and lactation interferes with normal visual function and impairs learning ability in offspring, and may make the brain more susceptible to environmental toxins and alcohol. When school children in Manitowac, Wisconsin, were placed on a diet including flax, their teachers and parents reported improved behavior, higher test scores and better attendance.

Perhaps the most exciting news on flax yet is in regard to cancer. A study of one hundred and twenty women revealed that those with the highest breast tissue levels of Omega-3 fatty acids, found most abundantly in flax oil, had the lowest incidence of breast cancer. Further, of those that did develop the disease, they still showed the lowest probability of the cancer spreading to other bodily organs, offering hope for women with an existing breast tumor.

Emerging scientific evidence has begun to focus on another healing element found in the fibrous shell hull of the flaxseed. Special phytochemical constituents have been isolated in flax, that once ingested are converted to potent cancer fighting and preventative compounds called mammalian lignans. Extensive evidence from numerous research institutes has revealed the potent anti-cancer properties exhibited by these amazing natural plant chemicals. Lignans have been shown to prevent the cause of colon and breast cancers where they start, by normalizing hormone metabolism responsible for the disease. The American Cancer Society reports that one in eight women will contract breast cancer. Unfortunately, breast cancer may be present for as long as 4 years before it can be detected by mammography or self examination. Further, many women are under the misconception that if they do not have a family history of breast cancer, they need not be concerned.

The truth is the majority of women today who are diagnosed with breast cancer show no family predisposition. The above facts call for every woman to implement a proactive approach to prevent the disease. Dr. Ross Pelton author of "How to Prevent Breast Cancer" suggests that every women take at least one tablespoon of High in Lignan flaxseed oil as a daily protocol to prevent breast cancer. High in Lignan flaxseed oil is unique, as unlike regular flaxseed oil, flax particulate from flaxseeds is retained in the oil, delivering the powerful cancer fighting mammalian lignan precursors.

There may not be a single nutritional supplement or pharmacological drug today that can offer the same level of protection against cancer and other diseases as delivered with the combination of flaxseed oil and lignan precursors. High in Lignan flax oil can easily be incorporated into any diet by using it as an ingredient in salad oils, stirred into oat meal combined with a blender drink, mixed into yogurt, or simply taking it straight, chased by fresh fruit juice. Look for High in Lignan flax oil at your local health food store, located in the refrigerated section of the supplements department, or in the dairy case.

Jade Beutler is a board certified health care practitioner with over 13 yrs of hospital and clinical experience adult and neonatal intensive care, iatric and emergency medicine. He s devoted the last 8 years to an intensive study of health and nutrition. He has culminated his research in two newly released books, Understanding Fats and Oils, Your Guide to Healing with Essential Fatty Acids and Flax for Life. Jade currently serves as Executive Vice President to the health and nutrition consultancy firm Progressive Health Concepts.

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Health Perspectives 315 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Suite U6, Encinitas, CA 92024