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Pilot Study Suggests Flax Lignans Help With Hair Loss

Acatris Extract

Thursday, April, 2005

Minneapolis – Lignans from flax are suggested to have beneficial effects on hair loss, according to a pilot study released today. Researchers studied how lignans could positively impact men suffering from the most common form of hair loss, Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA).

Manufactured by Acatris, its flax extract has a standardized 20 percent lignan concentration (as secoisolariciresinol diglucoside, or SDG). The main flaxseed lignan is SDG and, based on research, consumers need a minimum of 50mg a day of SDG to reap the health benefits attributed to the ingredient.

.......“At the conclusion of this study, 90 percent of subjects (men and women) expressed the intention to keep using the LinumLife EXTRA supplement, suggesting that high lignan flax does play a role in improving hair loss.”

Over a six-month period, 10 men, between the ages of 20 and 70 and in varying stages of AGA, consumed one 250 mg capsule of LinumLife EXTRA. Photographs were used to document hair loss conditions at the beginning of the study. At the end of the test period, eight men reported modest improvement of their hair loss condition, one reported much improvement and one subject reported no effect. Initial effects were noticed, on average, within one to two months of starting supplementation with flax lignans and no side effects were reported. Throughout the study, the daily number of hairs lost decreased and 50 percent of subjects noticed a decrease in oil secretion in their scalp. More noticeable improvements were noted in subjects with more severe conditions of AGA.

“Hair loss and thinning hair are frustrating conditions for men and women and most are fairly sensitive to the subject,” said Jocelyn Mathern, R.D., Flax Lignan Information Bureau Advisory Board member. “This pilot study confirms earlier research on flax lignans with respect to their promise in the care of AGA and without the sometimes harmful effects of a prescription medication. In addition to benefits for hormone related conditions, such as hair loss, lignans have long been reported to help improve prostate health, reduce menopausal symptoms, promote heart health and have benefits for breast health.

Manufacturers such as Jarrow Formulas are leading the market by offering consumers supplements with a standardized amount of flaxseed lignans. To ensure consumers are getting beneficial amounts of flax lignans, Mathern urges consumers to look for such products with a label that declares the amount of SDG, ensuring there is a standardized amount of lignans per serving.

Recommended - Osumex Concentrated Natural Flax Hulls contains very high levels of SDG, the highest natural occuring lignans in the botanical world. Each gram of Flax Hulls contains between 30mg to 60mg of SDG. Each suggested serving of 5gm per day would accordingly provide between 30 - 60 mg of SDG close to or exceeding the 50mg recommended in the study above.

It also provides a great nutritious dietary fibre, the daily value of Vitamin B12 (as Cobalamin), totally natural and is suitable for vegetarians as well as "raw foods" practitioners. Lignans are great immune system boosters, reduces free radical activity in the body and support the prevention of prostate, bowel and breast cancers. Used with LB17 "live" probiotic will ensure that the lignans are absorbed efficiently by the body and helps reduce gas and bloating usually associated with a high fibre diet.

See below for a sample of Fortified Flax Hulls (1st pic) and Flax Hulls (2nd pic)

Each jar contains 180gm of fortified flax hulls or 150gm of flax hulls

The above information is provided for general educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace competent health care advice received from a knowledgeable healthcare professional. You are urged to seek healthcare advice for the treatment of any illness or disease.
Health Canada and the FDA (USA) have not evaluated these statements. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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