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Flax Facts 

Flax Facts

FLAXSEED OIL

  • Nature's most abundant source of essential fatty acids (alpha linolenic and linolenic acids).  (Potential Uses of Flax in Human Nutrition, Cunnane, 1990).

  •  Nature's richest source of Omega 3 fatty acids.  Omega 3 fatty acids have been extensively studied for their effects on: high cholesterol levels, prevention of strokes, and heart attacks, angina, high blood pressure, arthritis, psoriasis and eczema, and cancer prevention and treatment.  (The Flax Proceedings, University of North Dakota, 1990, 1002, 1004) (Use of Flaxseed as a Source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids in Humans, Kieken, 1992).

FLAX OIL

  • Contains 2 times the amount of omega 3 fatty acids as do fish oils, and is readily converted to EPA and DHA in tissues to match fish oil supplementation.  (Dietary Substitution with an LNA Rich Vegetable Oil Increases EPA in Tissues, Mantzioris, 1994).

ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS

  • Over 60 health conditions are recognized as exhibiting deficient plasma levels of essential fatty acids or their substrates.  (Sourced from a compilation of over 200 scientific studies on fatty acid nutrition).
     

  • The same 60 conditions are shown to react favorably with fatty acid supplementation.  (Sourced from a compilation of over 200 scientific studies on fatty acid nutrition).

FLAX

  • Studied by the National Cancer Institute under the Designer Foods Research Grant, with exemplary results.

LIGNANS

  • A class of phytochemicals found in flaxseed, they have been found to exhibit anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and mild anti-estrogenic effects.  (Anticarcinogenic Effects of a Mammalian Lignan Precursor from Flaxseed, Thompson, 1992).

ALPHA-LINOLENIC ACIDS

  • A recent study concluded that women with high levels of alpha-linolenic acid in their breast tissue suffered lower incidence of metastasis and mortality as related to breast cancer than women with low levels of alpha-linolenic acid in their breast tissue.  (Alpha Linolenic Acid Content of Adipose Breast Tissue, P. Bougnoux, Journal of Cancer, 1994).

  • Low blood levels of alpha-linolenic acid is now considered a key risk indicator for developing heart disease.  (Altered Fatty Acid Metabolism in Patients with Angiographically Documented Coronary Artery Disease, Siguel, E., Metabolism, 1994).
     

  • As concluded in a study conducted by Renaud, the only difference in the low incidence of heart disease appreciated by the citizens of the Greek island Crete, and the high incidence heart disease in other Europeans and North Americans, was the high in alpha-linolenic acid diet consumed by the Cretans.  (The Cretan Diet, Renaud, 1994).

 

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