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Flax Does So Much More Than Any Drug Ever Could Without Any Negative Side Effects


The use of high-powered drugs to treat disease is a phenomenon of the 20th century. It has brought some miracles, but wrought some horrible side effects and some horrible long-term effects that are of no small consequence. The cost is becoming prohibitive for most people and insurance companies. Now is the time to reconsider "Food as our Main Medicine" and use good science as our guide as how best to incorporate health providing food into our daily diet for the rest of our lives. Flax is one food worthy of consideration for this adventure, as it is buttressed with a lot of good scientific work, which we will be showing you.

History of flaxseed usage

Flaxseed has been around for centuries. All major cultures of the last 9000 years have used it in one form or another. Some used the seed to grow the stalks to be used in the manufacture of linen to make tents, sails, and very durable clothing. Even in the Bible, flax is mentioned as a food. For thousands of years it was used as an ingredient in making breads and cereals, but no one really knew why. Then in 1985, Paul Stitt, biochemist and founder of Natural Ovens Bakery, pieced together information from many different sources and did research to show that it was a very beneficial nutritional addition to breads and could replace conventional fats. His scientific research results 15 years ago caused scientists at several universities around the world to do very serious work on the possible health benefits of flax. Now, there have been hundreds of articles published on the health benefits of flax. Amazingly, flax has been shown to help benefit almost every chronic inflammatory disease that afflicts mankind today.

Flaxseed Can Replace Hormone Replacement Therapy and Reduce Cancer & Heart Disease Risk

The latest reports show that flax can replace hormone replacement therapy. The pharmaceutical approach to menopause problem has recently been discarded because it was shown to be not very effective and to cause significant increase in the risk of heart disease and various types of cancer. The latest results published by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Francois Hospital in Quebec, Canada, found that:

  1. Forty grams a day of flaxseed was as effective as Premarin (horse estrogens and progesterone) in relieving the distressing systems of early menopause
  2. Flaxseed lowered glucose and insulin levels, which reduced the risk of diabetes
  3. Cost of the flaxseed would be a fraction of the cost of processed horse estrogens
  4. Side effects of taking horse estrogens would be eliminated
  5. Female horses appreciate this discovery. They no longer have to wear a urine-collecting bag.

Flax Can Soften Arteries, Improves Blood Flow

Having arteries that are stiff is a sure sign of heart disease and one of the real causes of high blood pressure and fatal heart attacks. The problem is how do you soften up the arteries after they are already hard? Dr. V. T. van der Schouw at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands, found that eating foods containing hytoestrogens (like lignans from flax and isoflavones from soy) worked especially well to soften the arteries in women in menopause. This is extremely timely, since heart disease kills more women than men. The naturally occurring lignans in flax and the isoflavones from soy protein work together to prevent deterioration of the arteries better in women than in men. This is very exciting news for women with hardening of the arteries.

Dr. Clare Hasler head of the Functional Foods for Health Program, University of Illinois at Urbana, reported that because flax is a very rich source of Omega-3 and antioxidants, it reduces heart disease by disease "by several potential mechanisms: lowering blood lipid levels, improving arterial compliance, reducing low-density lipoprotein oxidation, decreasing plaque formation, scavenging free radicals, and inhibiting platelet aggregation."

Dr. V. Mocanu reported at the Experimental Biology Meeting 2002, that stabilized, fortified flax significantly reduced the oxidative stress in four different key enzyme systems in the liver even though it contains high levels of highly unsaturated fatty acids, which would normally increase oxidative stress. She also reported that such flax reduced the risk of diabetes and improved brain performance in several different ways.

Not only is flax nature's richest source of Omega-3, it is also nature's richest source of lignans --some 700 times richer than others seeds and vegetables. Lignans act as anti-estrogens and as very powerful oxidants. After taking into account all other known risk factors for heart disease, men with the highest level of lignan metabolites in their blood had lowered their risk of having a fatal heart attack by 65% compared to those in the lowest level group, which is a huge reduction in risk. Dr. H. Adlercreutz's group at the University of Kuopio in Finland did this research.

Flaxseed Reduces Risk of Cancer & Bone Problems

Dr. K. Prasad at the Department of Physiology, College of Medicine in Saskatoon, Canada, found that modest flaxseed levels in the diet reduced plugging of the arteries in susceptible rabbits by 46% and reduced the leukotrienes, which cause oxidative damage, even though it did not reduce serum choleterol values.

Drs. M. T. Velasquez and S. J. Bhathena found that the isoflavones from soy and the lignans from flax worked synergistically to modulate cell growth, reduce inflammation, and reduce oxidative stress. They found this combination would reduce the progression of renal disease in patients with chronic renal failure, which is growing problem in the medical world.

Drs. D. D. Kitts and L. U. Thompson of the University of Toronto found that flaxseed did not cause prooxidant effects as compared to vitamin C and produced anti-cancer effects at low levels in the diet. Drs. Thompson and J. C. Tou found that just 5 or 10% flaxseed during the whole life cycle of the rat produced changes in the mammary gland that would reduce the chances of ever developing mammary cancer.

Drs. A. Brzezinske and A. Debi from the Department of Obstetrics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, reported at the phytoestrogens in flax and soy could reduce breast cancer, risk of heart disease, and improve bone heath.

Dr. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried at Duke University in North Carolina reported that stabilized, fortified flax reduced the proliferative index in patients with acute prostate cancer by 35% in just three weeks. In the Journal of Urology, she recently reported that with just 5% flax in the diet of prostate cancer-prone rats for 20 weeks, the proliferation index was cut by 32% and the apoptosis index by 56%.

Dr. D. B. Kettler from Sky Park Wellness Center in Irvine, CA, found that Omega-3 could reduce the rate of bone loss in the early menopausal years and preserve bone density.

Research reported by Dr. B. H. Arjmandi from the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Oklahoma State University, reported that phytoestrogens like lignans from flaxseed play a major role in maintaining and improving the health of one's skeleton.

Omega-3 From Flax Improves Brain Function

Dr. N. Salem Jr. and others at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC, found that Omega-3 deficiency over two generations could cause major physical changes in the brain and cause it to not work properly. They found that the short chain Omega-3 from flaxseed worked just as well as the long chain Omega-3 from fish or algae. Alterations in brain function can have major impact on all levels of society.

Flax - An Amazing Food

Flax has the science behind it to show that it is far better to start treating many diseases by adding it to the diet; then adding medical treatment on an as-needed basis. Since flax has nothing but good side effects and no negative long-term dangerous side effects as most drugs, it makes for very sound alternative medicine (or should drugs be considered the "alternative" when flax has not completely solved the problem).

Flax is truly an amazing food! It helps to correct so many maladies of the 21st century from head to toe. We are so glad that we were around in 1985 to witness the rebirthing of flax and that we have a small part to play in helping the whole world realize the amazing benefits that can come about from consuming a small amount -- just 1 to 2 tablespoons a day of properly stabilized and fortified flax.

Stabilized, fortified flax is used in most breads, muffins, cookies, bagels and granola that Natural Ovens Bakery produces. It just so happens that Natural Ovens' newest drink mix, Ultra Omega Balance, contains the most Omega-3, isoflavones and lignans, plus a host of other heart-saving compounds like folic acid, and fiber that Natural Ovens makes. Simply mix one tablespoon daily with juice or Eden's Soy Milk or add to Kashi Cereals. Ultra Omega Balance is found in a pouch and is available wherever Natural Ovens Breads are sold (high-quality supermarkets and other fine stores throughout the Midwest). You may also contact our UPS Homesales Department directly at (800) 772-0730 or access us on the net at www.naturalovens.com


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