Flaxseed-Lignans Education

Anti-Inflammatory Benefits of Flaxseed, Get Joint Pain Relief Now! December 11 2017

Author: The Arthritis Foundation

Step aside, salmon. Scoot over kale. Make room for flaxseed, a rightful member of the healthiest foods club. It has even been shown to ease arthritis joint pain, especially in rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and Raynaud’s phenomenon.

“Although flaxseed has been used for a long time – Hippocrates ate and wrote about it in 500 B.C. – it’s only been in the past 10 years that researchers have focused on flaxseed’s health benefits,” says Jocelyn Mathern, a registered dietitian and member of the Flax Lignan Information Bureau Advisory Board, a consumer education organization in Minneapolis.

Just two tablespoons of ground flaxseed contain more than 140% daily value of the joint inflammation-reducing omega-3 fatty acids and more lignans, a cancer-fighting plant chemical, than any other plant food on the planet. To understand this nutritional star, take a look at what’s inside.

Essential fatty acids. Fifty-seven percent of the total fatty acids in flaxseed oil is alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), one of three omega-3 fatty acids. When consumed, ALA is converted into the other, more powerful omega-3s, docosahexaenoic (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic (EPA) acids. Ground flaxseed has ALA, but flaxseed oil contains the highest amount. In a study where volunteers consumed flaxseed oil for four weeks, the ALAs significantly decreased pro-inflammatory compounds.

Lignans. Found in flaxseed hulls, these plant chemicals convert to plant estrogen in the digestive tract. Research suggests they may protect against several forms of cancer, prevent heart disease and alleviate menopause symptoms. Whole flaxseed must be ground or bought as meal for lignans to be absorbed by the body. Once opened, a package of flaxseed should be stored in airtight containers in the refrigerator to keep it from going rancid. Flaxseed oil does not have the lignans of whole or ground flaxseeds, so look for brands that have added lignans.

Flavonoids. These compounds are found in all flaxseed and lower levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol. High LDL levels have been linked to a greater risk of heart disease.

Fiber. Dietary fiber accounts for 28%of ground flaxseed’s composition. Soluble fiber has been shown to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cancer, while insoluble fiber can help prevent digestive problems.

Note: Flaxseed oil should be avoided by those taking blood-thinners because it may increase bleeding; it should be taken with care by those taking cholesterol-lowering medication because it could lower cholesterol levels too far.

8 ways to Get Your Flaxseed

  1. Stir 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed into oatmeal, cereal, and smoothies.
  2. Use ground flaxseed as a topping for salads.
  3. Make a vinaigrette with 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard, 1 Tbsp. vinegar and 3 Tbsp. flaxseed oil.
  4. Mix 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed into tuna, chicken and egg salads.
  5. Add 1/4 cup whole or ground flaxseed to bread recipes.
  6. Toss 1/2 lb. cooked pasta with 2 Tbsp. flaxseed oil.
  7. Coat and roast vegetables in equal parts flaxseed and olive oils.
  8. Replace half the oil or butter in baking recipes with flaxseed oil.

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Can Flax Seeds Help Prevent Breast Cancer? October 19 2017


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Essential Fatty Acids Are Essential September 19 2017

Essential Fatty Acid Basics

The body can synthesize most of the fats it needs from the diet. However, two essential fatty acids, linoleic and alpha-linolenic, cannot be synthesized in the body and must be obtained from food. These basic facts, found in plant foods, are used to build specialized fats called omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.1 Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are important for the normal functioning of all tissues of the body.


The American Cancer Society reports that one in eight women will contract breast cancer. Unfortunately, breast cancer may be present for as long as four 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.
We suggest that every woman take at least one tablespoon of lignan-rich flaxseed oil daily to reduce her risk of breast cancer and minimize the potential for it to spread, should it occur.
Lignan-rich flaxseed oil is unique. Unlike regular flaxseed oil, the lignan-rich flax particulate from flaxseeds is retained in the oil, delivering powerful cancer fighting 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.
Making the Case for Flaxseed Lignans

Beginning in the 1980’s consumers were advised by the Surgeon General and the National Academy of Sciences that diets low in saturated fat and high in fiber could be beneficial to their health. This advice was driven by new health statistics that showed that five of the ten leading causes of death in the United States including coronary heart disease, some types of cancer, stroke, certain types of diabetes and atherosclerosis were related to dietary imbalances.
This new information convinced the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to undertake a $20.5 million program to learn more about natural plant chemicals (phytochemicals) in certain food groups that may prevent cancer.
One of the first and most promising foods to be studied was flaxseed. It had been previously discovered that flaxseed contained phytochemicals known as lignans within the cell matrix of its seed. Much of the interest surrounding plant lignans is based on the suspected association between them and the low incidence of breast and colon cancers of those consuming a plant and grain based vegetarian diet. In other words, people who are shown to have high levels of lignans present in their blood, urine and feces have the lowest rates of several malignant diseases.
FACT: Flaxseed, in particular, contains 100 to 800 times more plant lignans than its closest competitors, wheat bran, rye, buckwheat, millet, soy beans and oats.
Once consumed, lignans found in flaxseed are converted to mammalian lignans. These mammalian lignans bind with estrogen receptors, where studies suggest they may induce the production of a special sex hormone binding compound. This compound, known as sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), regulates estrogen levels by removing excess estrogen from the body. Lignans are thought to be estrogen modulators, helping to balance estrogen activity within the body. These and other positive findings were presented by both the Food and Drug Administration and the NCI as well as several research institutions at the recent annual convention on Experimental Biology held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Make no mistake. Flax oil is a fat. But it is a good fat. For example, the much-touted Mediterranean diet, traditionally consumed in Greece and regions of Italy, emphasizes whole grains, fruits, vegetables, seafood, and olive and walnut oil with limited meat and dairy. It is not a particularly low-fat diet, however. In fact, the average daily intake of overall fat for Greek women is forty percent of total calories, a figure roughly equivalent to the American diet. Yet, Greek women have much lower breast cancer rates than their American counterparts. Together with a higher intake of vegetables, whole grains and fruits, a high intake of neutral or beneficial fats found in olive and walnut oil appears to be protective, observes researcher Emanuela Taioli.
Meanwhile, Israel has one of the highest intakes of polyunsaturated and saturated fats in the world. The consumption of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are found in safflower, corn and other highly processed commercial cooking oils, is about eight percent higher than in the United States and 10 to 12 percent higher than in most European countries. Not surprisingly, there is an extremely high prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and obesity among Israeli Jews. There is also an increased cancer incidence and mortality rate, especially in women, compared with western countries. Studies suggest that high omega-6 fatty acid consumption might be the cause.
Pioneering Cancer Research
“Use of flax as a cancer prophylactic is an area that I think has a lot of promise,” notes Lilian U. Thompson, Ph. D. of the University of Toronto, one of a handful of researchers investigating the relationship between flax and cancer inhibition.
Thompson is one of the worlds leading authorities on flax’s human health benefits, especially in the area of its use as part of cancer prevention and treatment. In one of her early studies, Thompson learned flaxseed lignans had been shown to be protective at the early promotional stage when cancers have not quite formed. She then wanted to determine whether supplementation with flaxseed, beginning 13 weeks after carcinogen administration, would reduce the size of already established mammary tumors present at the start of treatment, as well as appearance of new tumors. After seven weeks of treatment, established tumor volume was over 50 percent smaller in all treatment groups while there was no change in the placebo group. This study demonstrated that reduction in tumor size was due in part to the lignans derived from flaxseed.
In a 1999 report in Carcinogenesis, Thompson and a co-investigator presented intriguing experimental evidence that suggests starting our daughters out on lignan-rich flaxseed oil early on in their lives (including consumption by the mother during pregnancy)can reduce their lifetime breast cancer risk. Flax lignans appear to do so by affecting the highly proliferative terminal end bud structures in the developing mammary gland. Stimulating the terminal ends to develop into alveolar buds and lobules has been suggested to be protective against mammary cancer. In this experimental study, early consumption of flax also delayed onset of puberty.

The Lignan Connection
In a case-control study from the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Center, Perth, Western Australia, women with newly-diagnosed, early breast cancer were interviewed by means of questionnaires, and a 72 hour urine collection and blood sample were taken. The urine samples were assayed for various plant constituents including lignans. It was determined that there is a substantial reduction in breast-cancer risk among women with a high intake of phyto-oestrogens, particularly the isoflavonic phyto-oestrogen equol and the lignan enterolactone.
Similarly, in a study published in the British Journal of Cancer researchers state there is convincing evidence that low levels of various fatty acids in adipose breast tissue and the emergence of aggressive metastases are intimately related. 121 women patients with an initially localized breast cancer were studied. Their adipose breast tissue was obtained at the time of initial surgery and it’s fatty acid content analyzed. A low level of alpha-linolenic acid (found predominantly in flax) was strongly associated with the presence of vascular invasion, indicating the cancer was likely to spread. After an average 31 months of follow-up, 21 patients developed metastases. Large tumor size, high cell-division rates, presence of vascular invasion and low levels of alpha-linolenic acid were single factors significantly associated with an increased risk of metastasis. (note: alpha-linolenic acid can be considered as a marker for lignan intake.)
The Antiestrogen Effect
A woman’s cumulative exposure to estrogen, including the length of her estrous cycle, plays an important role in her lifetime breast cancer risk; the more estrogen to which her tissues are exposed, the greater her risk. Because flax lignans are weakly estrogenic, it has been thought that they might displace on the receptors of breast cells more toxic forms of estrogen that are likely to increase women’s risk of cancer. Thompson participated in another study to determine whether flax’s lignans might have a beneficial antiestrogenic effect, much like the drug Tamoxifen but without its risks.
The antiestrogenic effects of flaxseed were compared with Tamoxifen by monitoring estrous cycles. Four-week supplementation of a high-fat diet with flaxseed produced a dose-related cessation or lengthening of the cycle in about two-thirds of animals. With Tamoxifen, 83 percent of the animals had irregular cycles. Thus, both compounds were antiestrogenic; however, flax performed its activities without Tamoxifen’s gross tissue toxicity (including uterine cancer risks).
Preventive Medicine
To appreciate the dual protective effect of lignans and flaxseed oil, it is imperative that consumers recognize and purchase the right products. Look for flaxseed oil products that are labeled as high-lignan. Flaxseed oil should be gently expeller pressed without filtration or refinement.


Why buy your flax oil from Bionatures? April 11 2017


  1.  Quality.  We produced the first cold pressed, virgin, organic flax oil ever sold in the United States, in 1987. We made it to the exacting standard set forth by Dr. Johanna Budwig, the world’s foremost authority on the many therapeutic benefits of this omega 3 powerhouse. We still make it the same way.  In fact, because we won’t sacrifice freshness for profit, we don’t sell to stores, where the product can sit for months.  We make small batches often, package it in oxygen free HDPE bottles and only sell it directly to you, the end user.
  2. Value.  Because we do not sell to stores or any other middleman, we market our product to you at wholesale price.  So you get the finest, gourmet quality oil at about half the price of our competition.  We also offer free shipping on orders of $90. Or more.
  3. Taste.  While we don’t promote taste as a priority when buying flax oil, it sure does make a difference when you are drinking an ounce or two every day. Our original C-Leinosan clear oil has a very pleasant fresh, nutty taste and goes great on salads, cereal, or yogurt.  We have many more recipes available at www.bionatures.com
  4. Education.  We have a wealth of information available in the blog section at www.bionatures.com including a very extensive “Flax FAQ”.
  5. Service.  When you sign up as a customer at Bionatures, you become part of our VIP family.  You get coupons and discounts on all of our products, as well as regular notifications of news and updates about what’s happening in the world of natural and preventative health.  We also have live help available Mon-Fri at 800-624-7114.
  6. Credibility.  Don’t take our word for it, go check out what thousands of customers have to say about our products and service.  We have an extensive amount of third party, verified reviews at www.bionatures.com.  In addition we have an A rating with Doctortrusted.org , a consumer protection organization.  We proudly display their badge on our website. 

Flax oil is one item that absolutely should be in your daily nutritional regimen.  It has more unique benefits for human health than any other single food or supplement.  Let Bionatures be your source, we welcome you to our family.


Study Confirms Lignans May Prevent Prostate Cancer April 06 2017

If you are a man, or a woman who cares about a man, you must watch this 4 minute video.  This study shows powerful evidence about the prostate cancer killing properties of lignans, plant phytochemicals found in flax seeds.

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Flaxseeds and Breast Cancer Survival: Clinical Evidence November 09 2016

Take three minutes to watch this video, it could save your life. Find Bionatures Flax Products HERE

Flax FAQ's, Frequently Asked Questions September 17 2016 1 Comment


Frequently Asked Questions About our Flax Oil Products

What are Essential Fatty Acids?

Essential fatty acids are essential because the human body cannot manufacture them but needs them for many important functions. Therefore, essential fatty acids must be obtained from dietary sources.

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What are "Omega-3" and "Omega-6" fatty acids?

Omega-3 and omega-6 are families of essential fatty acids used to make local hormones that control the local functioning of tissues throughout the body. The omega-6 fats tend to have pro-inflammatory effects, and the omega-3s tend to have non- inflammatory effects. We need to have a balanced intake of omega-6s and omega-3s for optimal health. The essential fatty acids include the omega-6 fatty acids, (as found in most common vegetable oils and products from livestock animals raised on grain, and the omega-3 fatty acids, as found in flaxseed oil, wild ocean fish, wild game, products from livestock raised on green vegetation, and fish oil). Most people consume too many omega-6 fats and insufficient omega-3s. Therefore, we need to decrease the intake of omega-6 sources and increase the intake of omega-3 sources.

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What is flax oil and is it the same as flaxseed oil?

Yes, flaxseed oil and flax oil are the same. The seeds of the flax plant are pressed to obtain the nutrient rich oil that they contain. Flax oil is classified as a polyunsaturated vegetable oil. Flax oil is unique in this category because it is the richest source of omega-3 as well as containing omega-6.

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What is the recommended serving of flax oil for adults and children?

The recommendation that is given most often by nutritionists and health care providers is 1 tablespoon of flax oil for every 100 lbs. of body weight, to be used daily. For a child, the recommendation is 1 teaspoon of flax oil for every 33 lbs. of weight.

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How many capsules does it take to equal one tablespoon of the oil?

Technically it would take 14 capsules to equal 1 tablespoon of flax oil since each tablespoon is 14 grams and each capsule is 1 gram (1 gram = 1,000 mgs). Most people choose to use the oil since it mixes easily into the daily diet, although the capsules are very convenient for travelling and for keeping in places where refrigeration is not possible.

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What are lignans and why would I want to have them in my oil?

Many people choose the Highest Lignan Flax Oil simply because it is so rich in phytonutrients. The lignans are anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, help with digestion, and research also suggests they may be helpful in the prevention of certain types of cancer.

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What is the difference between Borage Oil and Evening Primrose Oil?

Both of these are sources of the beneficial omega-6 fatty acid known as GLA. Borage has been helpful for people with certain skin problems. For decades, women have been using evening primrose oil to alleviate the discomfort of PMS.

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How do I know my oil is fresh?

Each bottle of our fresh pressed oil has the "Best Used By" date located on the bottom of the bottle. The date will tell you by when it should be opened in order to maintain full potency, optimal taste and freshness.

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Do you ship the oil refrigerated? Does the transit time affect the oil?

Either high heat or sustained heat over a long period of time can degrade the oil. The relatively short transit times and variable seasonal temperatures encountered during transit have been found to be insignificant when tested.

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What color should my flax oil be?

If you have chosen to use BioNatures Lignan 10 - our highest lignan flax oil - expect the oil color to be darker gold and cloudy when shaken up. Please be sure to shake the bottle well, since the particulate does tend to settle rapidly. Sometimes you may need to stir the lignan oil in order to get the particulate lifted from the bottom, especially if the bottle has been sitting upright, undisturbed for a long period of time. These instructions are noted on the bottle. If you have chosen our clear Flax Oil, expect the color to range from bright yellow to golden amber.

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Why is there a variation in the color of the oil among different bottles?

At BioNatures we do not alter our oil in any way. This results in color and taste variations throughout the year depending on the variety of seed that is used for each batch, growing conditions, seasons, etc. Our oil is completely natural, and although methods could be used to make sure each batch is identical, we refuse to alter or change the oil from its natural state. The variations that occur from batch to batch are a part of nature.

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Do my capsules need refrigeration?

The capsules never need refrigeration. They may be kept on the counter or in a cupboard and will remain at full potency until the expiration date on the bottle.

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Once I open the bottle of flax oil, how long will it stay "good"?

We suggest that once opened, you keep the bottle refrigerated and plan to use it within eight weeks for full potency.

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Health Concerns & Information

Who can benefit from taking flax oil?

Because flax oil contains both of the essential fats needed for optimal health, virtually everyone can benefit from taking flax oil. Essential fats are directly connected with many life-sustaining biological functions. A lack of essential fats in the diet has been associated with numerous diseases and health complications.

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What are early signs of EFA deficiency?

  • Fatigue and lack of endurance
  • Dry skin, cracked nails, dry hair
  • Dry mucous membranes
  • Maldigestion
  • Constipation
  • Weak immunity
  • Depression
  • Forgetfulness
  • Hypertension
  • Chronic arthritis
  • History of cardiovascular disease

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Will I get too much Omega 3 if I take flax oil?

Since most people actually ingest much more omega-6 than they need each day, it is important to get enough omega-3 and cut back on extraneous omega-6 intake.

Will EFA oils cause me to gain weight?

Of all the poly-unsaturated fatty acids in the human diet, the omega-3 fatty acids, as found in flaxseed oil and fish oil, put the least amount of fat on the body. In fact, these fatty acids actually increase metabolism and the burning of undesirable body fat. This is the reason knowledgeable personal trainers advise using flaxseed oil and fish oil as sources of energy that will not add extra unwanted fat tissue.

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I take medications. Will Flax Oil interfere with my medicines?

It is important that you consult your pharmacist or health care professional concerning your medications and let them know that you are planning to use flax oil as a part of your daily diet in order to obtain the healthy fats that your body needs.

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Is flax oil safe during pregnancy?

Please consult with your health care practitioner whenever embarking upon a new health care regime or when significantly altering or supplementing your diet, especially when pregnant.

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Use Can I add my oil to hot foods?

We do not suggest using flax oil in high-heat cooking. Instead, add your oil to foods that are already cooked or reheated to avoid any possibility of adversely affecting the omega-3s. The oil can be safely added to foods that are table ready.

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Am I able to give my pet the same oil that I am using for myself?

Yes, if you are using the regular Flax Oil or the Highest Lignan Oil you may certainly share it with your pet. The recommendation is 1 teaspoon for every 25 lbs. of body weight for your pet.

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Can Flax Oil be applied to the skin?

Yes, you may use flax oil topically, and some of it will be absorbed by the body - but the best usage by far is to ingest the oil with food daily.

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What type of container will my oil be in?

We prefer to use black, opaque plastic bottles made of high-density polyethene (HDPE) for BioNature’s Oils. HDPE is fully approved by the US and Canadian governments for vegetable oils and has an untarnished record of health safety. The integrity of our oils is one of our highest priorities.

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Certifications / Ingredients What organization certifies that your products are organic?

Quality Assurance International is the organic certifier of our products.

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Are your capsules made from an animal source or are they vegetarian?

The gelatin capsules used to encapsulate our oil products are not vegetarian. These capsules are made of animal-based gelatin, glycerin, water, and are caramel coated as a darkening agent to suppress the damaging effect of light.

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Healthy Oils Suppress Breast Cancer April 11 2016

by: Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

(NaturalNews) Women that are on the Breast Cancer journey must be clear about certain dietary restrictions. There is the obvious list of "Foods to Avoid", such as sugar, processed foods, and hormone injected meats. However, there seems to be a lot of confusion about what types of oils are beneficial for Breast Cancer suppression and which ones should be avoided.

Let's start with the term HNE, which stands for the fatty acid derived toxin "4-hydroxy-trans-2 nonenal". It is a byproduct that is produced when polyunsaturated oils are heated at very high temperatures. The oils that are high in linoleic acid are often used in restaurants and in homes for frying or high heat cooking include:
Canola Oil, Soybean Oil, Sunflower Oil and Corn Oil.

For years, these oils were touted as "healthy" plant oils, but research that dates back to the 1990's indicates the pathological effect these oils have on the body.

Aside from the lipid peroxidation and the toxic effect that HNE has on the cell wall, the issue also lies with the imbalance in the increased consumption of these plant based oils.

A study conducted in 2002 at the Center for Genetics in Washington, DC, found that "Excessive amounts of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and a very high omega-6/omega-3 ratio, as is found in today's Western diets, promote the pathogenesis of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases."

The healthiest oils for Breast Cancer suppression are Omega 6's and the proper source of Omega 3's. The World Health Organization recommends a healthy ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 to be between 5:1 to 10:1. The Journal of the National Cancer Institute published a research paper about the effects of the improper ratio on Breast Cancer. They found that diets that were high in Omega 6 actually stimulated the growth and spread of Breast Cancer cells.

Conversely, they found that diets high in Omega 3, like fish oils, exerted a suppressive effect on Breast Cancer cells.

Healthy sources for Omega 3 oils would be flax seed, chia or hemp oils. The Budwig Protocol, which incorporates ground flax seed and flax seed oil in its healing regime, has had remarkable success for over 50 years in reversing and healing multiple types of cancer.

There have been numerous studies on the effects of the lignans in flax seed and the tumor suppression effect they have on Breast Cancer cells. For women that are choosing to take estrogen suppressing drugs like Tamoxifen, incorporating flax seed oil in their diets improves the inhibitory effect of Tamoxifen.

The best source of Omega 6 is purified and distilled wild caught fish oil. DHA and EPA in the fish oils have shown promising effects on stimulating Breast Cancer cell death resulting in tumor regression.

The choice of dietary oils cannot be over looked, if your ultimate goal is prevention and suppression of Breast Cancer. Be proactive with prevention by making informed dietary decisions based on research and scientific evidence.

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About the author:
Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, better known as Dr. V, has maintained successful practices in the Wellness Industry since 1979.
Specializing in Bio-Energetics, Meridian Stress Analysis, Homeopathy, Thermography and Chiropractic, Dr. V brings a unique approach to Health and Wellness.
After personally overcoming Breast Cancer without the use of chemo, radiation or surgery, Dr. V currently helps to empower women about healing and preventing Breast Cancer, naturally.
For more information about Dr. V's personal Cancer Coaching visit http://www.BreastCancerConqueror.com

Flax vs Chia Seeds, which is better? April 11 2016

The following video is the property of Nutritionfacts.org  and Michael Greger, M.D.  We admire both very much.

The video transcript is below.

"Flax seeds have also been shown to slow prostate cancer, but which is healthier? Chi-chi-chi-chia, or flax?

Well, there are three reasons why people eat flax: the cardioprotective omega-3s, the cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber, and the cancer-fighting lignans. Compared to chia seeds, flax has more omega-3s. But to my surprise, chia has significantly more fiber, which makes chia Obama very happy. Looks like lignans are going to be the decider.

Flax has always been considered so amazing because it has about a hundred times more cancer-fighting lignans than any plant in the world—until, evidently, chia seeds were tested. According to the website of “better than flax” Anutra brand chia seeds, chia has 25 times more lignans than flax.

That’s incredible! No really, that’s in-credible. I called them up, challenged them on it, and it turns out they lied. Flax is healthier. "   To learn more about flaxseed meal, click HERE

The Many Benefits of Flaxseed January 01 2016


By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD on July 20, 2011

Is flaxseed the new wonder food? Preliminary studies show that it may help fight heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer.

Some call it one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. There’s some evidence it may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. That’s quite a tall order for a tiny seed that’s been around for centuries.

Flaxseed was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC. In the 8th century, King Charlemagne believed so strongly in the health benefits of flaxseed that he passed laws requiring his subjects to consume it. Now, thirteen centuries later, some experts say we have preliminary research to back up what Charlemagne suspected.

Flaxseed is found in all kinds of today's foods from crackers to frozen waffles to oatmeal. The Flax Council estimates close to 300 new flax-based products were launched in the U.S. and Canada in 2010 alone. Not only has consumer demand for flaxseed grown, agricultural use has also increased. Flaxseed is what's used to feed all those chickens that are laying eggs with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids.

Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them:


Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.

Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.

Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.

The Health Benefits of Flax

Although Lilian Thompson, PhD, an internationally known flaxseed researcher from the University of Toronto, says she wouldn’t call any of the health benefits of flax "conclusively established," research indicates that flax may reduce risks of certain cancers as well as cardiovascular disease and lung disease.


Recent studies have suggested that flaxseed may have a protective effect against breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer. At least two of the components in flaxseed seem to contribute, says Kelley C. Fitzpatrick, director of health and nutrition with the Flax Council of Canada.

In animal studies, the plant omega-3 fatty acid found in flaxseed, called ALA, inhibited tumor incidence and growth.

The lignans in flaxseed may provide some protection against cancers that are sensitive to hormones without interfering with the breast cancer drug tamoxifen. Thompson says some studies have suggested that exposure to lignans during adolescence helps reduce the risk of breast cancer and may also increase the survival of breast cancer patients.

Lignans may help protect against cancer by blocking enzymes that are involved in hormone metabolism and interfering with the growth and spread of tumor cells.

Some of the other components in flaxseed also have antioxidant properties, which may contribute to protection against cancer and heart disease.

Cardiovascular Disease

Research suggests that plant omega-3s help the cardiovascular system through several different mechanisms, including anti-inflammatory action and normalizing the heartbeat. Fitzpatrick says new research also suggests significant blood pressure-lowering effects of flaxseed. Those effects may be due to both the omega-3 fatty acids as well as the amino acid groups found in flaxseed.


Several studies have suggested that diets rich in flaxseed omega-3s help prevent hardening of the arteries and keep plaque from being deposited in the arteries partly by keeping white blood cells from sticking to the blood vessels’ inner linings.

"Lignans in flaxseed have been shown to reduce atherosclerotic plaque buildup by up to 75%," Fitzpatrick says.

Because plant omega-3s may also play a role in maintaining the heart’s natural rhythm, they may be useful in treating arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and heart failure. More research is needed on this.

Eating flaxseed daily may also help your cholesterol levels. The level of LDL or "bad"cholesterol in the bloodstream has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease,obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. A study of menopausal women showed a decrease in LDL level after the women ate 4 tablespoons of ground flaxseed each day for a year. Fitzpatrick says the cholesterol-lowering effects of flaxseed are the result of the combined benefits of the omega-3 ALA, fiber, and lignans.


Preliminary research also suggests that daily intake of the lignans in flaxseed may modestly improve blood sugar (as measured by hemoglobin A1c blood tests in adults with type 2 diabetes).


Two components in flaxseed, ALA and lignans, may reduce the inflammation that accompanies certain illnesses (such as Parkinson's disease and asthma) by helping block the release of certain pro-inflammatory agents, Fitzpatrick says.

ALA has been shown to decrease inflammatory reactions in humans. And studies in animals have found that lignans can decrease levels of several pro-inflammatory agents.

Reducing inflammation associated with plaque buildup in the arteries may be another way flaxseed helps prevent heart attack and strokes.

Hot Flashes

One study of menopausal women, published in 2007, reported that 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed mixed into cereal, juice, or yogurt twice a day cut their hot flashes in half. The intensity of their hot flashes also dropped by 57%. The women noticed a difference after taking the daily flaxseed for just one week and achieved the maximum benefit within two weeks.

But another study reported no significant reduction in hot flashes between postmenopausal women and breast cancer patients eating a bar containing 410 milligrams of phytoestrogens from ground flaxseed and women eating a placebo bar.


The results, says Thompson, are consistent with other studies that have shown no siginifcant difference in the effect on hot flashes between flaxseed and placebo

Flaxseed Isn't a Magic Bullet

It's tempting to think of flaxseed as a super food because of its many potential health benefits. But keep in mind there is no magic food or nutrient that guarantees improved health.

What matters is consistently making great dietary choices as part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

Who Shouldn’t Use Flaxseed?

Until more is known, Thompson says, pregnant women and possibly breastfeedingmothers should not supplement their diets with ground flaxseed.

"Our own animal studies showed that flaxseed exposure during these stages may be protective against breast cancer in the offspring. But a study of another investigator showed the opposite effect," Thompson says.

Tips for Using Flaxseed

Many experts believe it's better to consume flaxseed than flax oil (which contains just part of the seed) so you get all the components. But stay tuned as researchers continue to investigate.

Thompson says, "Ground flaxseed, in general, is a great first choice, but there may be specific situations where flax oil or the lignans (taken in amounts naturally found in flaxseed) might be as good."


How much flaxseed do you need? The optimum dose to obtain health benefits is not yet known. But 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed a day is currently the suggested dose, according to the Flax Council of Canada.

Here are more tips for using, buying, and storing flaxseed:

Buy it ground or grind it yourself. Flaxseed, when eaten whole, is more likely to pass through the intestinal tract undigested, which means your body doesn't get all the healthful components. If you want to grind flaxseed yourself, those little electric coffee grinders seem to work best.

Milled = ground = flax meal. Don’t be confused by the different product names for ground flaxseed. Milled or ground flaxseed is the same thing as flax meal.

Buy either brown or golden flaxseed. Golden flaxseed is easier on the eyes, but brown flaxseed is easier to find in most supermarkets. There is very little difference nutritionally between the two, so the choice is up to you.

Find it in stores or on the Internet. Many supermarket chains now carry ground flaxseed (or flax meal). It’s usually in the flour or "grain" aisle or the whole-grain cereal section and is often sold in 1-pound bags. You can also find it in health food stores or order it on various web sites.

Check the product label. When buying products containing flaxseed, check the label to make sure ground flaxseed, not whole flaxseed, was added. Flaxseed is a featured ingredient in cereals, pasta, whole grain breads and crackers, energy bars, meatless meal products, and snack foods.

Add flaxseed to a food you habitually eat. Every time you have a certain food, like oatmeal, smoothies, soup, or yogurt, stir in a couple tablespoons of ground flaxseed. Soon it will be a habit and you won’t have to think about it, you’ll just do it.

Hide flaxseed in dark, moist dishes. The dishes that hide flaxseed the best are dark sauces or meat mixtures. No one tends to notice flaxseed when it's stirred into enchilada casserole, chicken parmesan, chili, beef stew, meatloaf, or meatballs. For a 4-serving casserole, you can usually get away with adding 2 to 4 tablespoons of ground flaxseed. For a dish serving 6 to 8, use 4 to 8 tablespoons.

Use it in baking. Substitute ground flaxseed for part of the flour in recipes for quick breads, muffins, rolls, bread, bagels, pancakes, and waffles. Try replacing 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the flour with ground flaxseed if the recipe calls for 2 or more cups of flour.

Keep it in the freezer. The best place to store ground flaxseed is the freezer. Freeze pre-ground flaxseed in the bag you bought it in or in a plastic sealable bag if you ground it yourself. The freezer will keep the ground flax from oxidizing and losing its nutritional potency.

Whole flaxseed keeps longer. The outside shell in whole flaxseed appears to keep the fatty acids inside well protected. It’s a good idea to keep your whole flaxseed in a dark, cool place until you grind it. But as long as it is dry and of good quality, whole flaxseed can be stored at room temperature for up to a year.

Flaxseed Recipe

Ready to try flaxseed? Here’s a recipe to get you started from The Flax Cookbook: Recipes and Strategies for Getting The Most from The Most Powerful Plant on the Planet.

Fruity Flaxseed Muffins

These moist and high-flavor flax muffins are not only good for you, but they taste great too.


1/2 cup crushed pineapple with juice, canned

1/2 cup finely chopped apples (with peel)

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 large egg, higher omega-3 if available, beaten lightly

2 egg whites (or 1/4 cup egg substitute)

1 cup fat free sour cream

1/4 cup dark molasses


1/2 cup raisins, currants (or any other dried fruit, chopped)

1 1/4 cup unbleached white flour

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup ground flaxseed


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin pan with paper or foil liners. Coat inside of liners with a quick squirt of canola cooking spray.

In large mixing bowl, beat together the pineapple with juice, apples, canola oil, egg, egg whites or egg substitute, sour cream, and molasses until mixture is light and fluffy. Stir in raisins or dried fruit.

In medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flaxseed.

Add flaxseed mixture to sour cream mixture, beating on low speed just until combined (batter will be a little lumpy). Spoon batter by 1/4 cupful into prepared muffin pan.

Bake in center of preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until muffins are golden brown and springy to the touch.

Yield: 12 muffins

Nutritional Analysis: Per muffin: 194 calories, 5 g protein, 31 g carbohydrate, 5.5 g fat, .8 g saturated fat, 2.1 g monounsaturated fat, 2.6 g polyunsaturated fat, 20 mgcholesterol, 4.5 g fiber, 224 mg sodium, 1.7 g omega-3 fatty acids. Calories from fat: 28%.

Recipe reprinted with permission.

Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, is the author of numerous books on nutrition and health. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.

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What are Lignans and where can I find them? November 09 2015

The lignans are a group of chemical compounds found in plants. Plant lignans are polyphenolic substances derived from phenylalaninevia dimerization of substituted cinnamic alcohols (see cinnamic acid), known as monolignols, to a dibenzylbutane skeleton 2. This reaction is catalysed by oxidative enzymes and is often controlled by dirigent proteins

Plant lignans are co-passengers of dietary fiber, and therefore fiber-rich food items are often good sources of lignans. Flax seed andsesame seed contain higher levels of lignans than most other foods. The principal lignan precursor found in flaxseed issecoisolariciresinol diglucoside. Other sources of lignans include cereals (rye, wheat, oat and barley - rye being the richest source),soybeans, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage, and some fruits, particularly apricots and strawberries.[5]

Secoisolariciresinol and matairesinol were the first plant lignans identified in foods. Pinoresinol and lariciresinol are more recently identified plant lignans that contribute substantially to the total dietary lignan intakes. Typically, lariciresinol and pinoresinol contribute about 75% to the total lignan intake whereas secoisolariciresinol and matairesinol contribute only about 25%.[5] This distribution may change as the contributions of syringaresinol and hydroxymatairesinol have not properly been quantified in foods.

Link to product

Source Amount per 100 g
Flaxseed 300,000 µg (0.3 g)
Sesame seed 29,000 µg (29 mg)
Brassica vegetables 185 - 2321 µg
Grains 7 - 764 µg
Red wine 91 µg

A recent study[7] shows the complexity of mammalian lignan precursors in the diet. In the table below are a few examples of the 22 analyzed species and the 24 lignans identified in this study.

Mammalian lignan precursors as aglycones (µg / 100 g). Major compound(s) in bold.

Foodstuff Pinoresinol Syringaresinol Sesamin Lariciresinol Secoisolariciresinol Matairesinol Hydroxymatairesinol
Flaxseed 871 48 not detected 1780 165759 529 35
Sesame seed 47136 205 62724 13060 240 1137 7209
Rye bran 1547 3540 not detected 1503 462 729 1017
Wheat bran 138 882 not detected 672 868 410 2787
Oat bran 567 297 not detected 766 90 440 712
Barley bran 71 140 not detected 133 42 42 541

Why Flax Seed is the Best Source of Omega 3 November 18 2014


(NaturalNews) The standard American diet (SAD) is high in omega-6 from usually processed hydrogenated oils like soy, cotton, and canola oils. These oils are used in a multitude of processed and packaged foods, even those sold in health food stores and restaurants of all stripes.

Poor quality hydrogenated trans fatty oils cause health problems, and they are heavy with omega-6 fatty acids. Without being balanced by omega-3, omega-6 causes tissue inflammation.

Tissue inflammation is considered the source of virtually all disease. A ratio of 3:1 or less with omega-6 to omega-3 is recommended.

There are many sources of omega-6 fatty acids. Some recommend cutting back on even cold pressed olive oils (good oils) to lower omega-6 inflammations, but increasing omega-3 consumption also supports the brain and nervous system. Increasing omega-3 sources seems better.

A little about seafood sources of omega-3

Many health experts promote fish oils or fish foods such as salmon, tuna, and sardines, but ocean and freshwater pollution have become rampant over the past couple of decades.

Mercury is in many ocean waters and PCBs in fresh waterways make their way into ocean waters. Fish farms have proven to be sources of inbred contamination and lower nutrition, similar to the meats from animal factory farming.

More recently, seafood sources have become contaminated with BP oil and toxic oil dispersant agents in the Gulf of Mexico. Add Fukushima radioactive matter dumped into the Pacific Ocean to complete the seafood quandary.

Both the Gulf and Pacific situations have been down played by health officials, governments and the mainstream media.

Choosing seafood resembles playing Russian roulette, unless you’re willing to do extensive research and pay a higher price for premium seafood harvested from sources that are proven to be uncontaminated.

Though some still consider animal sources of omega-3 superior to plant sources, organically produced plant sources are effective, inexpensive, and safer sources of omega-3.

Flax seed oil and flax seeds

German scientist Johanna Budwig is known in alternative cancer therapy circles as the creator of the Budwig diet for curing cancer, which has proven to be among the most effective approaches for curing cancer (http://www.naturalnews.com/027452_cancer_fat_diet.html).

The bedrock of her diet is flax and cottage cheese or quark. Not as well known as her cancer therapy is her research on fats and fatty acids in the 1950s. Then she discovered and categorized the various aspects of fats and fatty acids known today (http://www.naturalnews.com/027539_cancer_diet_cure.html).

Budwig’s oil of choice was pure cold pressed organic flax seed oil. Some of her snack recipes include ground flax seeds. Cold pressed flax seed oil is pricey and turns rancid easily. While very appropriate for the Budwig cancer diet, it’s limited in its application.

Flax seeds, purchased in health food store bulk sections, are very inexpensive. They store easily for long periods until ground. They have to be ground for consumption. A coffee grinder works, and they should be consumed shortly after grinding, within an hour or so.

The ground seeds can be eaten by the spoonful or added to cereals and smoothies. It’s recommended to have at least two tablespoons per day. But more is better, especially since Fukushima.

Flax seeds also protect against radiation as well as give us all the omega-3 fatty acids we want to balance out that omega-6 imbalance.

Sources for this article include

Flax seeds for radiation http://www.naturalnews.com/033657_flax_seeds_health_benefits.html





About the author:
Paul Fassa is dedicated to warning others about the current corruption of food and medicine and guiding others toward a direction for better health with no restrictions on health freedom. You can visit his blog at http://healthmaven.blogspot.com

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