Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Flax Hull Lignans for Chronic Conditions such as Diabetes and Heart Disease

If you’re looking for some help balancing blood sugar levels, it may be time to add flax hulls to your diet. Flax hulls have been shown to improve blood sugar levels in diabetics. A daily intake can maintain normal levels over time.

Flax is one of the best plant sources of lignans, which are antioxidants that decrease the activity of cell-damaging free radicals, help to slow the aging process, and improve wellness. Flaxseeds provide up to 600 times more lignans than other plant foods, such as legumes.

Flax seed fibre may be able to delay glucose absorption that occurs after eating. It is believed that lignans may also have a role in this. SDG, the lignan in flax seeds, may have the ability to prevent the gene expression of glucose synthesis.

A study done in China looked at SDG in relation to glycemic control and lipid levels. Small, but quite significant improvements were shown in glycemic control. Given their overall benefits, flax lignans are considered a helpful food supplement in dealing with Type II Diabetes.

The condition of heart disease is improved with the consumption of flax hull lignans as well. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in flax help to lower blood pressure and normalize heartbeat. Cholesterol is also impacted by flax lignan consumption. LDL, considered ‘bad cholesterol’, is lowered with continued use.

Lignans from flax have been found to help reduce heart disease and stroke by reducing the build-up of fats in the arteries, lowering cholesterol levels, and preventing inflammation. This is important as it works to prevent the condition known as atherosclerosis, a common form of arteriosclerosis in which fatty substances form a deposit of plaque on the inner lining of arterial walls.

For most efficient absorption of the lignans, the Osumex flax hulls are best taken with the Osumex LB17 live probiotic.

Our flax products do not contain any seed materials or flax oil. They are specially milled and are very stable at room temperature. If properly stores, they will not turn rancid for up to 2 years.

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