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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Decades ago, when our soils were rich in nutrients and people grew and prepared the majority of their own food, it was relatively easy to get adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals from the diet.
Fast forward to today, and things are quite different. In many regions, the earth is lacking the natural nutrients it once did, and millions of busy people rely on fast and processed foods to feed themselves and their families. As a result, most nutritionists and researchers agree that the majority of people in our country are deficient in many vitamins and minerals. This is why taking a high-quality vitamin and mineral supplement is so important.
How much of each vitamin and mineral do I need?
Several decades ago, The National Academy of Sciences’ United States Food and Nutrition Board developed the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) to help determine how much of each nutrient the average person needs. The Food and Drug Administration approved the amounts and lists them on supplements as well as the Nutrition Facts panel you see on most foods and drinks. What most people don’t realize is that these RDAs are the absolute bare minimums needed to prevent most serious health conditions. In other words, the RDAs help prevent illness, but don’t encourage optimum wellness. This is why so many multivitamin formulas contain higher levels of many nutrients than the RDA amounts—the supplements are designed to enhance and improve overall health, not just barely maintain it. A high-quality multivitamin, with its higher doses of nutrients, should safely and effectively deliver optimum levels of nutrients to adults of all ages.
What should be in the multivitamin I choose? Is there anything that doesn’t belong?
Ideally, the multivitamin you choose should contain generous amounts of all of the major vitamins as well as most of minerals. In fact, “multivitamin” is sort of a misnomer—it should really be called a “multivitamin and mineral supplement.”
For example, your multivitamin should contain vitamin A, either by itself or in conjunction with beta carotene, all of the B vitamins (including B1, B3, B5, B6 and B12), vitamins C, D, and E. Key minerals to look for on the label include calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, selenium and copper. One mineral that should not be included is iron, as we now realize that adults do not need the iron supplementation that we did as children. Phosphorous, iodine, manganese and chromium are also all beneficial minerals and should be part of a multivitamin and mineral supplement.
Other healthful nutrients may also be included in the formula. These may include bioflavonoids, silica, bromelain, DL-methionine, and chlorella. Any or all of these would be nice “bonus” nutrients in your multivitamin and mineral supplement.
While some formulas are a “once a day” tablet, others give you the option of how many capsules or tablets you may take. This way, you can spread your nutrient boosts throughout the day and tailor the amount that you take to your particular nutritional needs. Either way, taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement is a good way to reach the levels of nutrients needed, not just for minimum health, but for optimum health.
Balch and Balch, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Third Edition, 2000, pages 13-34
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 mega-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 much 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.
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.
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.
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 traveling and for keeping in places where refrigeration is not possible.
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, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, help with digestion, and research also suggests they may be helpful in the prevention of certain types of cancer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We prefer to use black, opaque plastic bottles made of high-density polyethylene (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.
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.
Three of the leading health issues in the United States are heart disease, depression and diabetes. Every year, trillions are spent to treat these diseases. According to the CDC, heart disease alone costs the USA nearly $1 billion per day in medical costs and lost productivity. The irony is that many of these conditions could be treated much more safely and affordably with flax seeds, along with a diet full of whole foods and exercise.
1. Flax Seeds for Treating Heart Disease
Heart disease occurs when blood vessels are blocked or narrowed. The result can be heart attack, stroke or angina. Other problems, such as problems affecting the muscles in the heart, are also considered heart disease. As the American Heart Association says, many cases of heart disease are caused by plaque buildup in the arteries.
The reason that flax seed is so powerful against heart disease is because it contains a type of fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). As the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMM) points out, people who eat foods rich in ALA are less likely to get a heart attack. There are numerous ways that flax seed may be helpful for heart disease, such as by reducing hypertension, reducing inflammation, promoting blood vessel health, and making platelets less sticky.
2. Flax Seeds for Depression and Anxiety
There is no shortage of studies (such as the ones listed here) that suggest low levels of Omega 3 fatty acids can lead to depression, and that supplementing with Omega 3 can improve mood, depression and anxiety. And guess what is a good source of Omega 3? Yes, flax seeds!
The mental health benefits of flax don’t stop there. Flax seeds are also rich in vitamin B6. As UMM points out here, your body needs B6 to make serotonin, which in turn is used to regulate mood. Some researchers, like the ones behind this study, believe that low levels of B6 might even cause depression. Flax seeds are a good source of B6, so go ahead and add them to your breakfast cereals or smoothies.
3. Flax Seeds for Type-2 Diabetes
Type-2 diabetes is a disorder in which people have trouble metabolizing glucose. Normally, the body produces insulin to help turn glucose from food into energy. People with type-2 diabetes are able to produce insulin; their bodies just aren’t able to use the insulin effectively. To prevent dangerous spikes in their blood sugar, people with diabetes need to be very careful about how much sugar they consume.
One solution for keeping blood sugar levels in check may be flax seed. As Dr. Michael Gregor talks about here, a study found that taking ground flax seed every day for a month had a positive effect on blood sugar levels in diabetics and even reduced insulin resistance. Flax seeds are also rich in fiber, which helps slow down digestion (keeps blood sugar from spiking) and can improve type-2 diabetes. This article talks more about natural ways to prevent diabetes.
Flax Seeds Alone Aren’t Going to Cure You of Disease
Of course, simply adding flax seeds to an otherwise-bad diet isn’t going to magically cure you of disease. However, in addition to a healthy diet with many plant-based whole foods, flax seeds can help you prevent and fight off all of these common health conditions. In this way, flax seeds really are the all-purpose “duct tape” of health!
Vitamins and minerals can be absorbed by the body in a number of ways. They first enter our body through the food we eat. Secondly, we can take vitamin supplements to increase the amount of pertinent vitamins and minerals. There are different methods of taking medication and one of the most common methods is absorbing it in its liquid form. Do the advantages of liquid vitamins far outweigh its disadvantages – if there are any? Read on and find out.
Better or Easier Absorption for Kids Although liquid vitamins may taste worse than vitamins in flavored, chewable tablet forms, they are however easier to absorb. There are numerous cases in which children have problems with choking, breathing and swallowing simply because of their inability to absorb medication or vitamins in this form.
This is the same problem as well for adults who have lost their ability to control their jaws or are unable to digest anything that is not in liquid form.
Liquid Vitamins are More Effective Because of its form, liquid vitamins can be assimilated immediately into the blood stream for a more systemic administration of the vitamin and its average absorption rate is approximately 90 to 98%. It is also three to five times more concentrated than vitamin pills and this lead to higher bio-activity and greater therapeutic benefits.
The Link between Antioxidants and Liquid Vitamins Have you ever wondered whether or not liquid vitamins contained oxidants as well? Vitamins E, C and A are examples of antioxidants and they are commonly found in vitamin supplements but what about liquid vitamins?
Benefits of Liquid Vitamins
And the answer is an absolute YES. Liquid vitamins must in fact contain such antioxidants or they’ll prove to be ineffective compared to other vitamins. Remember that the most important of all antioxidants – Vitamins A, C and E – are not internally produced by the body so they must be a regular fixture in our diet. Antioxidants are our main defense against effects of damaging oxidation reactions. Antioxidants are our best weapons against suffering from any form of cancer. Without it, we are basically weaker and less healthy.
Liquid Vitamins versus Digestive Acids One reason why people refuse to acknowledge the benefits of liquid vitamins is because of the supposed destruction by digestive acids of any vitamin or mineral that it does not recognize as part of the process of digestion. The opposite is, in fact true. Our digestive system actually prefers or is able to better absorb liquid vitamins and minerals rather than those made in pill or capsule form. Get more info HERE
(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.
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
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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
Just a little over a year ago, I was close to 50 pounds overweight. I was also tired, depressed and physically in pain thanks to carpel tunnel that came on with the pregnancy of my first child ten years prior. And yet, whenever I sought the help of professionals, I was always told my blood and nutrient levels, along with my eating habits and portion sizes, were “perfect.” I had given up. I was resigned and angry and felt the only logical thing to do was to verbally assault my own body. Crazy but true. In order to get the full effect of the attack (after all, I was furious), imagine that the following is written in all capital letters: “If you told me what was wrong, body, I’d fix it!!! If I knew what you wanted, I’d give it to you!!!”
Electronic Muslce Response Test (MRT)
The very next week I happened upon a little herb store in a town not too far from my home. Out of curiosity, I walked in, and an innocent conversation led to me scheduling something called an electronic Muscle Response Test (or MRT) the following week. “Please, God,” I said to myself on the way to this MRT, “Please let them find something for my horrible digestion, zero energy and carpel tunnel,” which by this point was waking me up from the elbows down several times a night. Not one word about my issues was exchanged before the test, which took five minutes.
The results came back: “Take these herbs for your digestion, lack of energy and inflammation.” No way. Was it possible? Could it really be that easy? I contemplated the print-outs and went back to the store the next day to make my purchases. Within three days (ed. note – not everyone will have the same results), I felt better than I had in my entire life. Within three days, my stomach had settled down, I had given up my necessary 3:00pm afternoon nap and I hadn’t woken up once in the middle of the night. I was hooked.
But what exactly is MRT and why does it often come with a negative connotation? The second part of that question is easy: Unfortunately, there are many (including yours truly) who initially fail to explain what the test is and how it works. After first learning how to do it manually, I was so excited that I ran around exclaiming proclamations like, “No cheese for you! I could pull your fingers apart! Uh oh, weak fingers - looks like you’re allergic to wheat, too!” Ugh, what a disservice. I might as well have said I was selling snake oil. So let’s end that right now.
For starters, as human beings we are electrical beings. Our bodies are filled with energy and that energy flows throughout our bodies and in and around all of our parts. This energy is used by our nervous system to control our functions and communicate with the rest of the body. MRT is a non-invasive assessment that detects where in the body this electrical flow is weak, why it is and how it can be corrected. By using MRT, I have been able to determine the root cause for all of my clients and even determine that one client was getting ready to undergo surgery on the wrong body part! But I digress…
First, make sure that both the person doing the testing (you) and the person being tested (the client) are balanced. Sometimes, this takes just a few deep breaths. Next, receive permission from the client to actually do the test. After receiving the client’s permission, ask the client to lock up a muscle (usually in their arm) to see how strong it is. This is critical because if the objective is to see which areas are weak, one first needs to be strong. Otherwise, every single part of the body will test “weak” or “deficient” and make the assessment useless. If the muscle is weak, the naturopath has the capability of making it stronger by doing a few different things i.e. spindling the muscle, etc.
Once we know the client’s muscle is strong, polarity is checked. This is simply the energy flow that exists between our personal north and south poles (yes, we have them!) located on the tops and bottoms of our head, feet and hands. This is an important step since, should a client’s polarity be “off,” the whole test’s effectiveness is in jeopardy as the client could test “strong” or “weak” when they are really just the opposite. Again, should this flow be disrupted, it can be reset using a variety of methods.
Finally, now that the client is ready to test, the naturopath touches a reflex area that connects to a particular part of the body. The nervous system responds by either sending the same or lesser amount of energy to the locked muscle. How the muscle reacts determines whether or not the tested part is functioning properly. For example, if the muscle is strong, oxygen and nutrient levels are sufficient to function optimally. If, however, the muscle is weak, that suggests the opposite is true. There are, of course, other reasons it might test weak. One possibility is that the area has insufficient nerve flow.
Checking Nutrient Levels
If nutrient levels are being checked, the results show whether or not the person tested is deficient in that vitamin, mineral, etc. Muscle Response Testing can be used to determine anything if the skill level of the naturopath is high enough. Which natural remedy would work best for me? How much of it should I be taking? How often? The possibilities are truly endless – small children too little for testing can be tested “through” their parent and even out-of-town relatives can be “assessed.”
For those out there who are still in doubt, it’s important to point out that overall body strength has nothing to do with it. I’ve tested a seven year-old girl’s iodine levels and her arm did not budge an inch. I’ve also tested a highly-trained police officer - with an extensive martial arts background whom I’ve seen lift a 300-pound armoire – who was deficient in B vitamins and his arm dropped faster than you can fathom.
Determine Primary Weaknesses
More often than not, because of the world we live in that is filled with stress, bad nutrition, pollution, chemicals, etc., numerous parts of the body test weak. Does that mean that you should plan on walking out after your MRT with a tote bag full of product? No. Again, a good naturopath will know how to determine primary weaknesses (i.e. the stomach is only testing weak because the liver is unhappy or strengthening the small intestine will also make the large intestine become stronger).
They will also be able to conclude if each weak/deficient area needs to be strengthened or cleansed. Nothing makes me crazier than “one plan fits all” approaches to health, such as, ‘Everyone should avoid meat” or “Everyone should be a vegetarian” or “Running a 5K is great for everyone!” Folks, if we applied that theory, someone could get hurt. Not everyone is strong enough for a cleanse and knowing if you are or not before you do one is very important.
Newly empowered with the knowledge of what an MRT is and what it can do, you are now empowered to make the best choice for you. Personally, I prefer asking my body what it wants rather than force-feeding it with invasive tests. One year later, the afternoon cat naps are still off the agenda, twenty of the fifty pounds and many waistline inches have disappeared, the carpel tunnel is gone, and the depression has officially been replaced with happiness and overall vitality. I’ve now moved on to tackling bigger root issues that have plagued me for over 40 years. Will it be an easy battle? Heck no. I often have to remind my Taurus self that patience is a virtue. But will I be victorious? No doubt about it. After all, thanks to Muscle Response Testing, I know exactly what to do.
Written by Karen Nelson of newlifenaturopathy.weebly.com Karen Nelson is a certified Natural Health Educator and the Director of New Life Naturopathy in Springport, Michigan. No longer sick and tired, she is ¼ of the way towards fulfilling her dream of becoming a Doctor of Naturopathy.
Many people are skeptical of the benefits of aromatherapy and essential oils; perhaps they are afraid to venture outside the box, and are hesitant to rely on what nature has had there waiting all along. A plant is for more than beauty, a flower more than its scent, although those are great reasons to admire our nature, what about all the other benefits? Helping with back pain or helping with depression. It helps regrow hair, it helps to make hair stronger. It helps children sleep better (and adults too!). There are so many benefits.
The reasons people use essential oils are both diverse and vast but they are mainly for emotional and physical health.
Systems Essential Oils Benefit
Not a moment goes by where we aren't reminded of the importance of plants, flowers, shrubs and bark on our population. Used for a variety of reasons; oxygen, food, etc., but also to provide us with added wellness and health. The essential oils that are extracted from a plant, its leaves, flowers, bark or roots, offer amazing properties that we can incorporate in our daily lives to enhance our wellbeing. Essential oils can provide a variety of health benefits to you and your family. In fact these amazing oils can provide support for all systems within your body, including healthy:
healthy heart muscle function
nervous system, including occasional anxiety, stress and nervous tension
joint and cartilage function
healthy bone structure
Use Essential Oils to Help:
alleviate minor aches and pains associated with daily life
suppress occasional muscle spasms
promote emotional well-being
alleviate occasional nervous irritability
promote restful sleep
maintain normal blood sugar levels
maintain healthy cholesterol levels in the normal range
promote sexual vigor and performance
Just a few drops can relieve minor aches and pains associated with daily life in seconds, purify the air, help relieve occasional stress, clean around the household, help support sinuses, disinfect your laundry, and more.
Written by Marian Simone of www.misticomimi.com Marian Simone is a Holistic Therapist specializing in Aromatherapy and natural healing. She is also the founder and owner of Essential Oils by Mistico Mimi where she offers pure essential oils for health and wellness.
Organic food started to hit the mainstream in the early 2000's. Most people thought it would be a fad but who knew it would become a incredible force in the United States food industry.
History of Organic Food
It's important to consider that before the use of chemicals and pesticides in the 1940's, everything was organic. It just wasn't called organic because there was no reason to give it a name. Before 1940, there was no competition for the non-chemical food structure. But then, around 1940, everything changed.
What researchers found was that certain dangerous toxins could grow plants and food at alarming rates. They thought, "Wow, we could end world hunger." But this is not what happened.
At the time, researchers did not know the damage that was being done to humans ingesting toxins and what it was doing to our soil. We now all know that we would never want to drink or ingest any of these horribly dangerous chemicals. But what is it doing to the soil of America?
Herbicides and Pesticides
Some herbicides and pesticides can actually sterilize the soil, meaning they destroy all the wonderful beneficial nutrients in the soil. In soil science, we know that the soil is so important and it is actually alive. Once chemicals are added to healthy soil, automatically everything in the small soil ecosystem gets thrown off.
Now, more chemicals are needed to keep the circle of life happy. Actually "happy" is taken out of the equaltion because your once healthy soil is far from happy. It is unbalanced and now in need of chemical after chemical to continue achieve a healthy balance.
Is Organic Food Here to Stay?
One of the major viable reasons organic and organic food is here to stay is because we are now taking care of the soil as it wants to be taken care of. If you don't aid the soil, it will rebel against you and fighting against nature means you will always lose. Eat organic and protect the soil of America!
Written by Kyle Upchurch of growokc.com Growokc is owned by a college degreed Professional Horticulturist, Kyle Upchurch. Growokc specializes in the finest cooking, mushrooms, organic food and gardening and health products.
There is a lot to love about winter. Building a snow man, snow angels, relaxing in front of your fireplace with a warm cup of cocoa or whatever you're into. However your skin doesn't love it as much!
The skin loses a lot of moisture when its cold, resulting in dry, itchy, cracked, irritated skin. Yikes! Your skin needs moisture to stay smooth and supple. You can effectively address dry skin concerns with a couple of easy steps.
Step 1. Shower
Choosing a great body wash is essential. I prefer a milk body wash. Milk works wonders for the skin beginning with the alpha hydroxy acid it naturally contains.
Milk contains proteins, enzymes, amino acids and antioxidants, all incredibly valuable for our skin. Milk proteins are skin-enhancing since they promote smoothness and help strengthen skin structure. Milk enzymes and amino acids are responsible for stimulating the skin's natural moisture barrier, making way for intense hydration and skin cell regeneration.
Hey, if it worked for Cleopatra, I'm all in!
Step 2. Moisturize
Now that you have a great body wash, choosing a great body cream is just as important.
I myself love body yogurt because it is rich, thick, and moisturizing, yet leaves no greasy residue on the skin's surface. A good body yogurt contains ingredients like Safflower Oil, certified Kosher Glycerin, Vitamins A, C, and E, and a botanical extract blend of Chamomile, Aloe Vera, Lavender and more.
All these ingredients help to heal, protect and nourish your skin. So choosing the right cream is essential.
Step 3. Can't Forget About Your Face!
Not all face washes are created equal! I prefer a creamy face wash, that works for all skin types mainly because they tend to be more mild and even great for sensitive skin (which works great for my husband).
A good face wash should refresh, tone and hydrate while providing a deep cleanse. Remember, the better the ingredients, the better the results.
Step 4. Now to Put a Cherry on this Sundae!
You need a good face cream/moisturizer. Moisturizing your face is an important step that you should take every day. There are many moisturizers to choose from.
This is where I tend to be a bit fussy. I prefer a light-weight moisturizer that doesn't sit on the skin, clogging the pores and making matters worse. A good, lightweight cream should penetrate quickly, hydrate, smooth, soften and even heal the skin.
Some ingredients to look for in a good face cream are Algae, Shea Butter, Pomegranate Extract, and Linoleic acid just to name a few.
Follow these four simple steps and your skin will glow like summertime. Now that you are set for Winter, final tip, dress warm!!
Written by P.Laskey of westmadisonblvd.com Here at Madison Rose, we believe that loving what you do is the key to fulfillment in life, and that's what we put into each of our products. We master each product to give you the best quality and results.
Free Shipping is an important buying decision for most people.
The free shipping phenomenon started when shopping on the internet became a popular past time for millions of people around the world. In the beginning days sellers would have the best price but hit you at check out with an inflated shipping cost. Most would get very disappoint and swear off internet buying. The major market places realized this right away and offered discounts and encouraged their sellers to offer free shipping. Not to be left behind major shipping services offered free shipping supplies to help offset the cost of shipping so sellers would use their service.
Shipping is not free to the sellers; we pay the shippers to deliver your clothing to you. However everyone involved agrees how important free shipping is and has done something to help offset the cost of shipping to the sellers.
Shipping to a buyer might be free if you pay attention to a few key factors. Key points to watch for are: Number one compare prices on same product to make sure the clothing is not inflated to cover shipping cost. Number two is awareness of where the product is shipping from. Some sellerâs ship from overseas and those shipments run a high risk of getting lost. Your ability to track your package from an oversea seller offering free shipping could be limited by language bearer, different time zones or fine print might state they are not responsible for lost shipments. Number 3 is check a sellers rating or buy from a reputable business. Look closes at this you might think you are buying from a major company but in reality you are purchasing form a sub seller on their website. This practice has become increasing popular in todayâs market place. Number 4 is make sure free shipping is free no matter how much you spend not based how much you purchase. These four facts will help you get the real free shipping you deserve.
Free Shipping can be a great thing for an internet clothing buyer, just read the fine print before you click the buy button. Buy often and buy from a reputable internet seller our world depends on it.
Written by Wayne Collier of www.fljean.com Clothing Retailer @ www.fljean.com since 2006
Cynthia is an accomplished health educator and holds many degrees in health education, technology, psychology and life coaching. Her expertise has given her the ability to direct change in the behaviors of her students. She is always striving to improve
Health is wealth. If you are able to eat and live healthily then you may consider yourself wealthy. However, it does not necessarily follow that you must be already wealthy to become healthy. There are a lot of ways to become healthy without having to spend too much. Organic living is one of them.
Organic living is defined as being able to live without the use of products that are not organically grown. This includes eating produce that are devoid of chemical pesticides. This also includes eating protein from animals that are raised in a perfectly organic way. Another way to live organic is to only use products that are organically made.
Organic foods are those grown by farmers using practices that are designed to conserve soil and water as well as lessen pollution. Examples of these organic practices are mulching or crop rotation to manage weeds and diseases.
Although they were usually found only in health food stores, organic food are becoming more and more available in supermarkets in your areas. This is because people are also becoming more and more health-conscious as well as environmentally aware. The prices of organic food have also dropped considerably making them more affordable than before.
Because more and more people are clamouring for more environmentally-friendly products, a lot of companies have also joined in the organic bandwagon producing products that are free from chemical usage which include herbicides, pesticides and genetically modified seeds.
Most organic clothing is made up of fibres coming from organically grown plants such as cotton and jute. Their fibres may also come from silk, wool or ramies that have been harvested in compliance with organic standards.
Although organic clothing may be more expensive than regular clothing, they offer the following benefits:
They are environmentally friendly since no chemicals were used in their production, harvesting and post-harvesting. Since no chemicals were used, the chances of these chemicals seeping into the soil and affecting our water system are lessened. Also, the likelihood of these chemicals being ingested by other beneficial animals is also lessened.
Since organic farming does not use genetically modified seeds, there is no risk for humans and other animals that would eat the produce to have mutations in the future.
Cotton that has been organically grown emits lesser carbon dioxide emissions that could affect global warming. Organic farming also reduces the amount of water being used by up to 60%.
Humans who are working in an organic farm are not exposed to harmful chemicals.
Although organic clothing does not necessarily mean a 100% organic fibre composition; purchasing organic clothing and products will make you feel better since you know that you are doing your part in ensuring that our world will stay healthy a little longer.
If you want to do your part, there are a lot of stores and online websites that offer certified organic products.
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One day I made a smoothie, but I didn't feel like putting greens in it. They're kind of bitter and can give my smoothie a funny consistency. My smoothie tasted great, but without the greens I felt tired after my initial sugar rush from the fruit.
The next morning I added my greens in, and believe or not, I felt WORLDS better. My energy was through the roof and I felt BALANCED.
Could adding greens have made that big of a difference? YES. Why is that?
In one word: Oxygen.
Greens are full of oxygen and actually help balance out acidity in the body - that acidity in the body as caused by meat, dairy, grains, sauces, coffee, tea, alcohol, SUGAR, and processed foods contributes to inflammation and that makes us puffy and tired.
I don't know about you but I don't like feeling puffy and tired. I LIKE feeling energized and like I'm going to take on the WORLD. And including greens in my morning smoothie helps me feel this way, by BALANCING the body.
So what's so difficult about adding greens to smoothies?
Fridge Space & Spoiling Rate: Stocking up veggies can take up quite a bit of space in the fridge, and if you don't breeze through these greens, they go bad FAST.
Leave the leaf bits: Who wants to be slurping on your silky smooth smoothie to be interupted by bits of leaves? pitooey.
Greens are bitter: Greens tend to be bitter and sometimes we just feel like having only the delicious ingredients in our smoothie.
Thankfully, you can make your life easier and address all of these yuck-factors by picking the right brand of green smoothie.
The best smoothies have all your greens in one bottle, juiced to perfection with lemon which naturally balances the bitterness of greens. Simply combine a bottle with your favorite fruits in your blender and BOOM, you've got yourself a DELICIOUS smoothie, greens included.
This is the BEST way to get your daily dose of greens, and start your day off right.
You'll give your body a surge of nutrients, and start your day with balanced blood sugar, which means that you'll be supporting your body in being in the fat-burning zone all day long! So to recap, the benefits of greens in your morning smoothie:
Balanced blood sugar
Supports weigh management
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DSM Nutritional Products has co-authored a new paper comparing plasma long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (LCn-3 PUFA) biomarkers in U.S. adults, with recommended concentration levels for cardiovascular health. Published in Nutrients, it reveals overwhelming evidence of suboptimal LCn-3 concentrations across all age groups and highlights the need to increase dietary intake. Using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2003-2004, this cross sectional study is one of the first to analyze plasma LCn-3 PUFA status from dietary biomarkers in a nationally representative population of American adults. Of the 1,386 subjects, 80.6% had LCn-3 concentrations below dietary guidelines for heart health and nearly all (95.7%) did not achieve levels associated with cardio-protection; this was particularly evident among Hispanic participants of all ages. Clinical and observational studies demonstrate that LCn-3 has a positive role to play in heart health. Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel and sardines, is a particularly rich source and both the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and the American Heart Association recommend two servings of seafood per week. However, less than 10% of the U.S. population is believed to achieve this target. “Large population studies designed to evaluate consumption against these guidelines have traditionally relied on self-completed diaries, recall or questionnaires—all of which are open to error. So by analyzing circulation concentrations recorded as part of NHANES, our research provides a much more accurate characterization of LCn-3 PUFA status among American men and women,” explained Dr. Michael McBurney, vice president, Science, Communications and Advocacy at DSM. Blood was drawn from adults aged 20 and above after a fast of eight hours or more. Plasma samples were stored at -70˚C and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry used to measure 24 plasma fatty acids. The concentration of LCn-3 PUFAs was determined by the standardized methodology outlined in previously published papers for consistency and comparison. Results were reported for the total sample population and stratified by three age groups corresponding to approximate life stages (young adult, middle age and older age) as well as ethnicity (self-identified). “The results of this study offer a valuable point of reference for previous and future studies investigating the benefits of dietary omega-3 fatty acids on cardiovascular health,” confirmed Dr. Manfred Eggersdorfer, senior vice president, Nutrition Science & Advocacy at DSM and professor for Healthy Ageing at University Medical Center Groningen. Little has changed since this round of NHANES was carried out; dietary intake of fish has remained consistently low in the US over the last two decades. Only 7.8% of adults reported taking fish oil supplements in 2012, which is likely to be too low to have a population impact on LCn-3 PUFA status. “The overall finding that suboptimal LCn-3 concentrations are prevalent across all demographic groups in the sample population suggests the need to elucidate clinical implications, including for cardiovascular disease,” added Dr. Saurabh Mehta, assistant professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, New York and contributing author.
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%. This distribution may change as the contributions of syringaresinol and hydroxymatairesinol have not properly been quantified in foods.
Across the whole group, de Jager found that the people taking vitamins had a 30% reduced decline in brain tissue over two years compared with placebo. In people with the highest homocysteine levels in the blood at the start of the experiment, however, the vitamins provided most benefit, reducing brain shrinkage by 50% in these cases.
Ground flaxseed just might be the next best thing for controlling blood sugar. But before “big pharma” gets their hands on it and capitalizes on this plant-based food, why not reduce your blood sugar naturally with one teaspoon daily?
Although some experts believe that consuming ground flax can help control blood sugar spikes, it has only recently been tested in diabetics. A study published on the effect of flaxseed powder supplementation in the management of diabetes found that one tablespoon of ground flaxseed every day for a month showed a significant drop in fasting blood sugars, glycerides and cholesterol and a drop in A1c levels (or average levels of blood glucose).
As an additional side note, participants who consumed a quarter cup of flaxseed a day for three months showed no additional weight gain. In fact, the group consuming ground flax — compared to those taking flaxseed oil or the controlled group — had slimmer waists.
How does flax help control diabetes?
A study published in BioMed Central Nutrition Journal found that flaxseed consumption may improve insulin sensitivity in people who are glucose intolerant. After 12 weeks of consuming ground flaxseed, there was a small but significant drop in insulin resistance. Perhaps this was due to the drop in oxidant stress related to the antioxidant qualities of flax, suggests Dr. Michael Greger for NutritionFacts.org.
So should you come it for diabetes? Dr. Asqual Getaneh for Everyday Health says that while evidence may be too weak for definitive recommendations, flaxseed is still rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential fatty acid that is beneficial in helping prevent heart disease and related illnesses.
Ground flaxseed vs. flaxseed oil
Because flaxseed oil is a concentrated source of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly ALA, it has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. But when comparing ground flaxseeds to flaxseed oil, flaxseeds come out on top, suggestsWHFoods. Flaxseed oil does contain more ALA than flax seeds — one tablespoon of flaxseed oil contains 7.25 grams compared to 2 grams per tablespoon of flaxseed — but flaxseeds are a whole food and therefore contain a lot of additional nutrients that you can’t get from the extracted oil alone.
Flaxseeds are a rich source of dietary fiber, minerals such as manganese, copper and magnesium, and vitamins such as folate and vitamin B6. In addition, they contain lignan phytonutrients, which have been found to have hormone-balancing and cardiovascular benefits. Some flaxseed oils have lignans added back into them, but the end product is still different from its natural, whole-food form.
The bottom line is that each is unique and should not be substituted for the other. Why not incorporate both into your diet and reap all of the benefits that each provides? It’s important to note that to get all of the flaxseed benefits, you must grind the seeds first before consuming to allow for proper digestion.
What else can flaxseed do for me?
Previously, flaxseed was used primarily as a laxative because it is high in fiber and contains a gummy material called mucilage. Both mucilage and fiber expand when they come in contact with water, adding bulk to stool, which helps it move more quickly through the intestines. But flaxseed can offer so much more. Flaxseed may be helpful for heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease and arthritis among other conditions.
In lab tests and animal studies, both flaxseed and flaxseed oil have been reported to lower cholesterol according toresearch by the University of Maryland Medical Center. While human studies show mixed results, one found that those who added flaxseed to a low-cholesterol diet actually lowered their LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglyceride levels (fats in the blood).
Helps to prevent heart disease
Eating foods that are rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, including omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed may help prevent a fatal heart attack. In fact, according to Dr. Grant Peirce for the Heart & Stroke Foundation, some of the most powerful preventative effects on cardiovascular disease come from nutritional interventions, such as Omega-3 fatty acids into the diet.
In addition, according to Dr. Grant’s research Omega-3 fatty acids actually work better than any other cholesterol lowering treatment, when it comes to reducing the risk of death from heart disease. Ane flaxseed is one of the richest plant sources of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Helps lessen menopausal symptoms
Decreases cancer cell growth
In a small month-long trial of postmenopausal women with newly diagnosed breast cancer, eating flaxseed daily in muffins decreased cancer cell growth according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. However, other studies show some unexplained inconsistency, which may partly reflect a woman’s hormones, overall diet and genetics.
So, while some research shows benefits in cancer cell death and prevention of metastases within mice and cellular models, it is recommended that human intake should be through diet only, not supplementation. No more than two to three tablespoons per day at most should be eaten, suggests Oncology Nutrition.
Promotes healthy skin and nails
For healthier skin, hair and nails Dr. Josh Axe suggests adding two teaspoons of flaxseeds to your smoothie each day. The ALA fats provide essential fats as well as vitamin B, which can help reduce dryness and flakiness. Additionally, ground flaxseed may also improve symptoms of acne, rosacea and eczema and dry eye syndrome.
Helps you lose weight
According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition flaxseeds may improve obesity and support weight loss. Since flaxseed is full of healthy fats and fiber, it helps you stay satiated longer, resulting in fewer calories consumed and subsequent weight loss. ALA fats may also help reduce inflammation, which is a key contributor to weight gain.
Do you really have to grind flaxseed?
Whole flaxseeds have a hard shell. So in order to get the best absorption, grinding the seed is absolutely necessary to release key nutrients, which also help in digestion. Once the seeds are ground, however, omega-3 fatty acids will start to break down. So, go ahead and grind your seeds up to seven days in advance, just make sure to keep the ground flaxseed refrigerated to slow the breakdown process. For maximum potency, consider grinding immediately before each use. The easiest way to grind flaxseed is with a coffee grinder.
The earthy flavor of flaxseed makes it the perfect edition to all types of foods. Add one tablespoon of ground flaxseed to soups, salads smoothies or water daily as part of your health management.
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Humans have been in a hemp habit for thousand of years and for a good reason. Hemp is used for clothes, paper, food, milk, beauty products, hemp products for pets and many more. Seeds from the hemp plant are consider a superfoods and can stop world hunger.
Products made out of hemp seeds are legal in over 35 countries worldwide including the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Germany and France. Hemp seed (non-viable), hemp seed oil and hemp derivatives can be legally imported, sold and consumed in the USA.
Hemp seeds pack a powerful punch of nutritional benefits. These âsuperseedsâ provide a healthy dose of protein, omega fatty acids, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Hemp seeds are eco-friendly and have a mild, nutty-crunchy flavor. You can eat hemp seeds straight out of the bag, which can be bought at any of the organic superfoods stores. You can also add a happy feeling to your recipes by sprinkling hemp seeds on virtually any dish to give it a boost of green nutrition.
Hemp fiber was widely used throughout history. Items ranging from rope, to fabrics, to industrial materials are made from hemp fiber. Hemp is often used to make sail canvas, and the word canvas derives from cannabis. A modest hemp fabric industry exists, and hemp fibers can be used in clothing. Pure hemp has a texture similar to linen and last much longer than cotton.
Hemp produces more pulp per acre than timber on a sustainable basis, and can be used for every quality of paper. Hemp paper manufacturing can reduce wastewater contamination. Hemp's low lignin content reduces the need for acids used in pulping, and its creamy color lends itself to environmentally-friendly bleaching instead of harsh chlorine compounds.
Dependency on fossil fuels? Unnecessary. Deforestation caused from the production of paper? Not anymore. Ability to replace almost all major nonrenewable raw materials? Absolutely. An excellent source of nutrition with high protein content? Of course! An opportunity to stimulate the global economy out of a global recession? Undoubtedly. Untapped potential in medicinal research and development? I think you get the point. Hemp is the solution to many of our environmental woes.
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Which foods contain the most biotin? You will be surprised. Prior labeling of biotin amounts have been incorrect.
According to a NCBI study many published values may not be correct.
NCBI studies allow us to expand our research with nutritional based evidence. One study that was published illustrates how inaccurate many of the prior studies and values were inaccurate.
"Our results confirm previous conclusions that meat, fish, poultry, egg, dairy, and some vegetables are rich dietary sources of biotin. Biotin values determined here, however, frequently did not agree with published values (Table 2). Differences in assay values ranged from 247 times greater to 0.85 times less than previously published biotin values for select foods. Of the 51 foods for which values had been published, only seven (14%) agreed within an analytical error of 20%."
Notably meat, fish, poultry and egg have the most per serving and whole eggs cooked. But remember we do not suggest eating egg whites unless in moderation and supplemented by biotin since they bind with the avidin making it unavailable for absorbtion.
And for vegeterians there are not many good souces for biotin so you need a supplement to give your body the needed vitamins lacking in vegan and vegeterian diets.
Meat, fish, poultry, egg
Beef liver, cooked
Chicken liver, cooked
Egg, whole, cooked
This is an extremely interesting study when you review the various foods especially when chicken liver has the highest amount per serving. But I guess my mothers chopped chicken liver helped me have a nice full of head of hair considering both sides of my family, father and uncles are bald.
But we are not suggesting that eating a huge amount of meat is going to give you all the biotin needed since proper dosing is as important as just taking huge amounts of biotin in a capsule because too much biotin can be detrimental to hair growth.