Flax Hull Lignans

Of course you've heard of flax seed. Nothing new there, right? But, this isn't the same flax seed you've been seeing on the health food store shelves. In fact, it's not flax seed at all. The breakthrough that takes aim at cancer cells like a heat-seeking missile is Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans. 

Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans are not flax seeds. Rather, they are concentrated directly -- using a special process -- from flax seed shells, or hulls, which typically don't make it into the bags of flax seed in the store. Which is a shame, because it turns out the vast majority of the disease fighting lignans in the flax seed are located in the hull that encases the seed.

For many years scientists have been studying the flax seed and its oil. After recognizing the beneficial effects of adding flax to the diet, researchers began to look at the healing components of the seed. The main substance identified as having a profound effect on health is the “lignans” found in the flax shell, which is also called SDG (Secoisolariciresninol diglycoside).

This article appeared in HSI Alert, the newsletter of Health Sciences Institute:

Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans

The nutrients contained in flax seeds are highly concentrated in the shells -- one teaspoon of Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans contains the nutritional equivalent of two gallons of flax seed. Yes, gallons. 

And flax seed oil? Forget it. There are practically no lignans contained in the oil. You might be wondering what these lignans are exactly. Lignans are a group of chemical compounds found in plants. They're one of the major classes of phytoestrogens (you might have seen that word before in discussions about soy), which are chemicals that act as antioxidants. 

Flax seed is the richest source of lignans in the plant kingdom, containing up to 800 times more than any other plant source. There are 27 different lignans in the flax seed and scientists believe they all work together to provide their amazing health benefits.

The major lignan in flax seed is called secoisolariciresinol diglucoside (SDG). It's actually a lignan precursor, which means its power isn't unlocked until it is metabolized by your body. In the intestines, SDG becomes two lignans. 

These lignans have the power to wipe out cancer, as well as do battle against diabetes, shrink enlarged prostates, boost the immune system . . . in fact, as my research went on, I found there's not much these lignans can't do.

A New Process Unlocks This Superfood's Disease-fighting Prowess

Though scientists have known for some time that the flax seed hulls have an amazing nutritional profile, they've been at a loss as to how to unlock those nutrients. Finally, a farmer invented a chemical-free method of mechanically separating the lignan-rich hulls from the rest of the flax.

Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans boast a pure lignan content of up to 65%. Each scoop of the product contains 150-300 mg of SDG per serving. That's 70 times the amount of SDG typically contained in the same amount of traditional ground flax seed.

In addition to their lignan content, flax seed hulls contain high levels of Omega-3s, as well as off-the-charts antioxidants. To put it in perspective -- kale has one of the highest ORAC values (this is the measurement of a food's antioxidant content) at 1,770 per 100 grams. Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans? They come in at a whopping 19,600 per 100 grams. The hulls also contain 4.3g of fiber and 2.8g of protein in each tablespoon. And while the nutritional value of Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans is certainly a bonus, the true value of the product is in its promise as a potent cancer killer.

The evidence I found for SDG's effects on cancer is nothing short of incredible. The most exciting study was carried out in Canada on a group of postmenopausal women with newly-diagnosed breast cancer.

Each day for a month, the women in the test group ate a flaxseed muffin containing a predetermined concentration of SDG. After only one month, the growth of the cancer cells was reduced by 34.2%. Even better, 31% of cancer cells were completely killed, and the expression of the cancer growth receptor Her2 (c-erB2) decreased by 71%.2 Her2 is part of a family of genes that help to regulate cell growth. Some breast cancers, for reasons no one really understands, undergo a gene amplification. So, instead of having two gene copies of the Her2 gene as in a normal cell, there are multiple copies.
This results in cell growth regulation going haywire. Tumors grow more quickly, are more aggressive, and are less sensitive to chemotherapy. This can also occur in other cancers such as ovarian cancer and stomach cancer. It seems that SDG is able to hinder this process considerably.

Driving Cancer Cells to Mass Suicide

In two studies on breast cancer cells implanted into immune deficient mice, flax lignans again proved deadly to cancer. Both tumor growth and metastasis were significantly reduced. In one of the studies, metastasis to the lungs was reduced by 82 percent. The average number of tumors was also considerably lower in the test group than in the control group.

The promising studies don't stop at breast cancer. A study in California demonstrated that SDG reduced risk of endometrial cancer in some women by 32 percent. This reduced risk was most evident among postmenopausal women who consumed high levels of both isoflavones and lignans. Other studies have shown similar reduced risk for uterine and ovarian cancers.

A clinical trial in Canada found that higher dietary lignan intake was linked to considerable reduction in colorectal cancer risk. And, according to studies with human colon cancer cells, lignans stunt the growth of tumor cells and actually drive them to what can only be described as mass suicide.

Supplementation with SDG reduced tumors significantly in mice with melanoma. The average number of tumors in the control group was 62, while the average number in the groups of mice receiving SDG was around half that. Tumor size was also decreased.

The American Cancer Society and the FDA acknowledge the cancer-fighting power of flax lignans. The Mayo Clinic says flax seed lignans may inhibit the growth of some breast cancers, and the American Cancer Society cites a study in which the growth rate of cancer cells was slowed in men suffering from prostate cancer.

Perhaps most surprising of all is the support flax lignans have gotten from, get this, the FDA. Apparently even the FDA can't miss a sure thing. They have stated that flax seed lignans have anti-tumor activity and are potentially the richest source of phytoestrogens, and that their significant ability to prevent cancer is recognized by the National Cancer Institute.

Amazingly, the scientific evidence for Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans doesn't stop at its cancer fighting abilities. Diets rich in foods containing plant lignans have long been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
In a 12-year study of Finnish men, it was found that those with the highest intake of plant lignans were significantly less likely to die from cardiovascular disease than their counterparts who ate the least amount of foods containing plant lignans.

Flax lignans have also been shown to suppress the development of atherosclerosis (chronic inflammation of the arteries due to an accumulation of plaque) in a study on rabbits. The development of atherosclerosis in rabbits treated with the lignans was reduced by 34.4 percent.

The lignans also lowered LDL cholesterol and raised levels of HDL cholesterol.  In a study concerning Native American postmenopausal women, it was found that flax seed lowered LDL cholesterol by 10%.10 Mind you, that was just with flax seed, not the nutritionally rich hulls.
There is discussion in the scientific community that flax lignans may help to lower sugar levels in people with diabetes. While there are no specific studies to this effect, people who are living with diabetes have been vocal about the results they've seen taking Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans.  One woman noticed that her blood sugar has been regular, and that she's been feeling healthier in general.

A 26-year-old man who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a few years ago has been struggling to manage his illness ever since. Unable to keep his blood sugar down, he watched helplessly as it regularly spiked to 600, despite taking 40 units of insulin with every shot. Two weeks after he began including Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans in his diet, he noticed a change in how he felt. Now, his blood sugar stays under 200, and he hasn't had to give himself a shot in two months.

Finally, no more late-night bathroom trips

If you’re living with an enlarged prostate, you know what agony it can be. A recent study demonstrated that flax lignans could reduce prostate size. Rats given the human equivalent of 50 mg per day of SDG (remember, Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans contains up to 300 mg per serving) had significantly smaller prostates than those without the SDG supplementation.

The SDG didn’t just stop prostate growth––it actually helped reduce the size of the prostate.  Mr. Lee has been making less and less trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night, and says he generally feels better. His wife is happy, too with Lee getting so little sleep, he’d been “a real grouch,” and she jokes that she may keep him if the Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans keep working! G.E. wrote about her husband, Hugh, who suffers from both an enlarged prostate and irregular heartbeat. She was amazed when, after only two weeks, there was a complete reversal in Hugh’s nightly routine. She said he doesn’t get up more than once a night, and his heart has been beating steadily.

Previously a candidate for a pacemaker, Hugh reports his doctor has not mentioned the surgery since he started taking the Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans. Rather, his doctor was flat-out astonished at his progress, stating he’d never seen such a dramatic improvement. At 71, Hugh is now “bouncing along and mowing and putting up hay and working with his horses and cattle.”

Though there are no conclusive studies concerning flax lignans and prostate cancer, there are a few that are promising. In a trial using mice, flax inhibited the growth and development of prostate cancer. In a study of 25 men who were scheduled for prostatectomy, supplementation with flax brought significant changes in serum cholesterol, total testosterone, and the free androgen index. Researchers concluded that flax lignans may be a very beneficial food for men battling prostate cancer.

Fight the flu with a supercharged immune system

The effect of flax lignans on the immune system is well documented. The AIDS Research Assistance Institute, which sells the Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans, is a nonprofit organization. All of the proceeds from the sale of the product go to bringing it to orphanages and clinics in Africa, where HIV and AIDS run rampant. What they’ve seen there is nothing short of incredible.

Children who were drastically underweight are gaining both weight and energy, and aren’t getting the colds and flu infections they once constantly suffered from, according to Emma Fishlock, a nurse working in Swaziland. These children are rising from their deathbeds to return to school.

In a 90-day anecdotal test on 100 people with HIV (75 percent exhibiting full AIDS symptoms), 97 percent reported positive health changes, with energy and appetites increasing. Most amazing is the fact that, after 6 weeks, 28 percent had viral loads drop to non-detectible levels. Their super-charged immune systems were fighting the virus like they never had before.

And it works against another virus, too… As an HSI member, you know that flu shots don’t actually do much for preventing the flu, and at their worst are actually harmful. And flu drugs? Forget it! The virus builds resistance almost as soon as the drugs are put on the market. In 2005, 14.5 percent of flu viruses were resistant to major flu drugs. That might not sound like a lot, but compare it to the fact that only 1.9 percent of flu viruses were resistant just one year earlier.

Luckily, it seems flax lignans can do the same thing for influenza that they are doing for the HIV virus in Africa. When a virus enters the cells of the body, it stimulates hormones that activate the gene for p53. When this gene is activated, it actually induces virally infected cells to shut down, thereby preventing the virus from spreading. If this is activated shortly after infection, further viral replication is completely stopped.

Based upon recent studies, influenza virus infections can be stopped in this way. Flax lignans, through a series of interactions with the inner workings of the body’s cells, can increase the level of p53 in cells. Long story short, flax lignans can actually help to both prevent flu infections and fight those that already exist.

And the amazing abilities of flax lignans don’t end there, Canadian study also suggests that SDG may have a therapeutic role In treating lupus. A Dutch human study showed that flax lignans could be the answer for men and women with hair loss and thinning hair. Yet another, this one on rats, showed potential for liver protection.

3 Month Supply 465g only $91.95!

Flax Hull Lignans



*100% Certified Organic Whole Flax Hull 

* non-GMO
* raw
* 95% digestible as opposed to usually 5% 
* Highly-Concentrated SDG's
* raw
* 95% digestible as opposed to usually 5% 
* Highly-Concentrated SDG's
96 servings per container


Serving Size: ½ TBSP (comes with a scoop)
Take by mixing into food or liquid less than 105 degrees F (35 degrees C). You can also take it alone followed with a drink of water to wash it down.

History of Flax

Flax has been cultivated for more than 7,000 years in the Middle East as a source of linen fiber and for its oil.
The ancient Egyptians, Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans used the seeds as food, the oil as medicine, and the fibers for clothing and ships’ sails.

The Roman legion used bread made from flax and were able to march long distances and then do battle. Today, Roman meal bread still uses flaxseed, while the linseed oil is used in the manufacture of varnish, paint, linoleum, and soap.

The medicinal properties were well known to the Greeks as Hippocrates recommended flax for mucous membrane inflammations.

In the 8th century in France, Charlemagne passed laws requiring the seeds to be consumed in order to keep his subjects healthy.

Flax is an oilseed that belongs to the genus Linum. The genus contains more than 100 annual and perennial species. Cultivated flax belongs to the species Linum usitatissimum. Its varieties are of two types: one is grown for oil while the other for fiber production.

Flax has several uses for industry, nutrition and health. Most flaxseed has been used for the production of linseed oil, which is unsuitable for food because of a high linolenic acid content, but has many industrial uses (paints, varnishes, plastics, printing inks and lineoleum). The leftover meal becomes animal feed. Thus in most countries flax is commonly called linseed.

What is Lignan ?

The lignans are a group of chemical compounds found in plants, particularly in flax seed. Lignans are one of the major classes of phytoestrogens, which are estrogen-like chemicals and also act as antioxidants. The other classes of phytoestrogens are the isoflavones, and coumestans. Plant lignans are polyphenolic substances derived from phenylalanine via dimerization of substituted cinnamic alcohols (see cinnamic acid), known as monolignols, to a dibenzylbutane skeleton
Flax Hulls are rich in the lignans secoisolariciresinol diglycoside or SDG and secoisolariciresinol or Seco. These potent antioxidants work throughout our bodies to scavenge free radicals, which can damage tissue and are thought to play a role in the pathology of many diseases.

There are two general types of lignans: those found in plants and those found in animals and humans called “mammalian lignans.” When the plant lignan SDG (from flaxseed) is ingested, it is converted in the colon by bacteria to the mammalian lignans enterodial (ED) and enterolactone (EL). Thus, the plant lignan SDG is a precursor to the mammalian lignans ED and EL. Many studies have shown that important health benefits exist due to this conversion of flax lignan in the body.

In a systematic study of eight varieties of flax collected from four locations over a three-year period, it has been shown that SDG levels vary from a low of 0.9% (ww/defatted meal) to a high of 3%. Thus, on the average the lignan SDG is only about 1% of the entire flax seed.

This product is derived from the hull of the Flax seed. In the hull of the Flax seed is where most of the nutritional value of flax is stored. The extremely thin hull of the seed is extracted, and in the hull material is where the Flax Lignan is stored. The process of isolating the flax hull is proprietary, and as far as we know, there is only one person in the world who has figured out how to do that. Just to give you an idea of the difficulty of the task, 12 pounds of flaxseed only yields 1 ounce of the flax hull.

It's important to understand that every 'body' is different, so response to discoveries like this will vary.  The evidence indicates this may help those with cancer, swollen prostate, cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and weak immune systems!