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           Flax: Nature’s Natural Estrogen Replacement Therapy
Flax seed oil and women’s health go together. Not only are the constituents found in flax               particularly by achieving marked reductions in
oil, especially alpha-linolenic acid and lignans, protective against heart disease, they                serum triacylglycerol concentrations and
also reduce risk of women’s cancers. And with flax there are no troubling side effects.                 triacylglycerol:HDL            cholesterol        in
                                                                                                        postmenopausal women receiving and not
                                                    including high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids       receiving HRT,” say the researchers. “This
                                                    and lignans.                                        approach could potentially reduce the risk of
                                                                 Flax and Heart Disease                 coronary heart disease by 27% in
                                                           The evidence that flax protects against      postmenopausal women.”
                                                    heart disease is clear-cut. Experimental studies                   Evolutionary Food
                                                    in laboratory animals and humans suggest that             This shouldn’t be a surprise at all, says
                                                    the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid         Artemis P. Simopoulos, M.D., of The Center for
                                                    (found in high amounts in flax) may reduce the      Genetics, Nutrition and Health, in Washington,
                                                    risk of arrhythmia. Thus, researchers from the      D.C.3 “Human beings evolved consuming a
                                                    Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of          diet that contained about equal amounts of n-3
                                                    Public Health, Boston, prospectively studied the    [omega-3] and n-6 [omega-6] essential fatty
                                                    association between dietary intake of alpha-        acids,” she said recently in a report in the
                                                    linolenic acid and risk of fatal heart disease      American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. “Over
                                                    among 76,283 women without previously               the past 100-150 [years] there has been an
                                                    diagnosed heart disease.* During 10 years of        enormous increase in the consumption of n-6
                                                    follow-up, they documented 232 cases of fatal       fatty acids due to the increased intake of
      This news is especially important in light    heart disease and 597 cases of nonfatal heart
of increasing concern among medical doctors                                                             vegetable oils from corn, sunflower seeds,
                                                    attacks. After adjusting for standard heart         safflower seeds, cottonseed, and soybeans.”
that standard hormone replacement therapy           disease risk factors, a higher intake of alpha-
(HRT) may actually increase mature women’s                                                              Today, she adds, in Western diets, the ratio of
                                                    linolenic acid was associated with a lower          omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids ranges from
heart disease and breast cancer risks. Flax oil,    relative risk of fatal heart disease. There was a
on the other hand has been found to be a natural                                                        around twenty-or- thirty to one instead of the
                                                    45 percent reduction of such incidences among       traditional range of one-or-two to one. Studies
food that trumps HRT for two of it’s best-known     women with the highest intakes of alpha-
alleged protective benefits.                                                                            indicate that a high intake of such omega-6 fatty
                                                    linolenic acid. For nonfatal heart attacks, there   acids shifts the body’s physiologic state to one
              Bad News for ERT                      was a modest trend toward reduced risk. The
      Researchers reporting in the Journal of the                                                       that is at higher risk for blood clotting and,
                                                    researchers concluded, “A higher intake of          therefore, heart attacks. The omega-3 fatty
American Medical Association note that              alpha-linolenic acid is protective against fatal
findings from the Heart and Estrogen/Progestin                                                          acids, however, have anti-inflammatory,
                                                    IHD [heart disease]. Higher consumption of          antithrombotic, antiarrhythmic, hypolipidemic,
Replacement Study suggest that among women          foods such as oil-based salad dressing that
with clinically recognized heart disease                                                                and vasodilatory properties, she says. “These
                                                    provide polyunsaturated fats, including alpha-      beneficial effects of n-3 fatty acids have been
(including high blood pressure), hormone            linolenic acid, may reduce the risk of fatal IHD
replacement therapy may be associated with                                                              shown in the secondary prevention of coronary
                                                    [heart disease].”                                   heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and,
early harm and late benefit in terms of coronary           Meanwhile, researchers from the
events.1                                                                                                in some patients with renal disease, rheumatoid
                                                    Department of Human Biology and Nutritional         arthritis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn disease, and
      What’s more, ERT has bombed out as a          Sciences, University of Guelph, Canada,
pathway for reducing risk of Alzheimers disease                                                         chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”
                                                    performed a placebo-controlled, double-blind              Although most studies have been carried
among women. And ERT’s troubling link with          trial and found that omega-3 fatty acids can
breast besides other cancers is becoming more                                                           out with fish oils [eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
                                                    benefit women receiving and not receiving           and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)], Dr.
clearly recognized by the medical community.        hormone replacement therapy. 2 Use of omega-
Finally, the combination of estrogen and                                                                Simopoulos adds that alpha-linolenic acid,
                                                    3 fatty does so by reducing the concentration of    found in green leafy vegetables, flaxseed,
progestins prescribed for women with uteruses       clot-forming blood lipids called triacylglycerols
(to mitigate the carcinogenic effect of                                                                 rapeseed, and walnuts, elongates in the human
                                                    (i.e., triglycerides). In this study, women were    body to EPA and DHA and by itself may have
unopposed estrogen on the uterus) is even more      given fish oil capsules providing 2.4 grams of
dangerous when it comes to breast cancer and                                                            beneficial effects in health and in the control of
                                                    eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) plus 1.6 grams of       such chronic diseases.
less protective against heart disease.              docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) daily, or placebo.
              Good News for Flax                                                                              “Results of many studies indicate that
                                                    Supplementation with the fish oil capsules was      consumption of n-3 fatty acids can benefit
      Organic flaxseed oil awareness could not      associated with 26 percent lower serum
have come at a more promising moment in                                                                 persons with cardiovascular disease and
                                                    triglyceride concentrations and highly improved     rheumatoid arthritis,” say researchers from the
women’s health. Just when so many health-           ratio of triglycerides to beneficial high-density
conscious women have been let down by the                                                               Rheumatology Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital,
                                                    lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. “These results       Adelaide, Australia, and the Child Nutrition
disappointing news surrounding ERT, organic         show that supplementation with a fish-oil
lignan flaxseed oil offers the many benefits of                                                         Research Centre, Flinders Medical Centre,
                                                    derived concentrate can favorably influence         Bedford Park, Australia.4 They add, however,
fiber plus all of the benefits of flaxseed,         selected cardiovascular disease risk factors,       that “encapsulated fish oil is unlikely to be suited
         National Cancer Institute Evaluation of Ground Flaxseed As Functional Food
   Levels of 1.25 to 2.5% flax in the diet stimulated the immune system.
   Flax increased vitamin D levels and increased the retention of calcium, magnesium, and phosphate.
   Flax is high in phytonutrients that have antitumor properties and may be linked to a low incidence of breast and colon cancer.
   Flax contains a high level of antioxidant.
   Adding flax to the diet could help diabetic conditions caused by a high fat diet.
   A high level of flax in the diet may mimic the beneficial effects of tamoxifen, but without side effects.
   Moderately high levels of flax compared to the same level of oat bran were better at lowering triglycerides, total cholesterol
     and low-density lipoproteins and had favorable effects on insulin activity.

to lifetime daily use and recommendations to increase fish intake have                This service is called Fresh ExPress and it guarantees you the
not been effective.”                                                             absolute freshest flax oil anywhere. You will find this type of extremely
                          The Doctors Prescription                               high-quality lignan flax oil in the refrigerator sections of natural health
       Foods that are strategically or naturally enriched in omega-3 fatty       centers nationwide.
acids can be used to achieve desired biochemical effects that are                References:
approximately equivalent or superior to those allegedly found with               1. footnote* Psaty, B.M., et al. Hormone replacement therapy, prothrombotic mutations, and
supplemental ERT. One of the most promising and easily utilized foods            the risk of incident nonfatal myocardial infarction in postmenopausal women. JAMA,.
is organic cold-pressed ground flaxseed and flax seed oil.                       2001;285:906-913.
       On a daily basis, use organic cold-pressed ground flaxseed and flax       2. Hu, F.B., et al. Dietary intake of alpha-linolenic acid and risk of fatal ischemic heart disease
oil. For example, flaxseed is natures answer to ERT. Organic cold-pressed        among women [see comments]. Am J Clin Nutr, 1999;69(5):890-897.
flaxseed is a convenient addition to a healthful diet when sprinkled on          3. Star, K.D., et al. Effect of a fish-oil concentrate on serum lipids in postmenopausal women
                                                                                 receiving and not receiving hormone replacement therapy in a placebo-controlled, double-blind
yogurt or cereal, added to your favorite recipe or stirred into juice or
                                                                                 trial. Am J Clin Nutr, 2000( 72): 389-394.
water.                                                                           4. Simopoulos, A.P. Essential fatty acids in health and chronic disease. Am J Clin Nutr,
                How to Select a Quality Flaxseed Product                         1999;70:560S-569S.
       Be sure when you purchase ground flaxseed for your culinary needs
that the label of your product states that the flax is from cold-milled select
flaxseed and that it is 100 percent organic and therefore pesticide and
herbicide free. Such a milling process delicately liberates naturally
occurring vitamins, minerals, amino acids, lignans, and phytonutrients
without damaging delicate omega-3 fatty acids. Concurrently the surface
area of both soluble and insoluble fibers is greatly increased for maximum
benefit.
       Another advantage with organically ground flaxseed is that the
viscous nature of soluble fibers such as flaxseed mucilage is believed to
slow down digestion and absorption of starch, resulting in lower levels of
blood glucose, insulin and other endocrine responses.                                                      and better for you. That’s why Barlean’s created
       Just two tablespoons is the recommended daily usage for lignan-                                     Fresh ExPress, a common sense approach to
rich flax seed oil or six tablespoons of whole flaxseed.                                                   producing and distributing our products at their
                                                                                                           absolute peak of freshness and nutritional value.
                  How to Find the Best Lignan Flax Oil
       Be sure the company that produces your flax is M.A.D. about fresh                                                          Made to Order
lignan flax oil. Here’s what to look for when it comes to being M.A.D.                                     Made to order for your local health food store. Our
                                                                                                           oils are gently expeller pressed after, not before,
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oil companies rely on third-party distributors to stock, inventory and
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and conditions such as high heat that may degrade the oil.                                                                           Dated for Freshness
Worse yet, some companies have resorted to refining and or
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