Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs about Flax Hull Lignans
- What are flax lignans?
- Why can't I just get lignans by grinding my own flax seed?
- What about the flaxseed oil that contains lignans?
- Does the baking process destroy the lignans?
- Are flax lignans safe?
- What claims can be made?
- What standards and certificates do the lignans hold?
- How do the capsules compare to powder?
- When are prices going up? How much?
- What is the difference in color of product?
- Is there a number where I can call a person instead of a machine?
- Are there any new updates on the flax hull lignans?
- How much flax hull lignans should I put in when baking?
- What about the Omega 3's? Are there any in flax hull lignans?
- What other nutrients are in flax hull lignans?
- What is SDG? How much of it is in the flax hull lignans?
- Can you explain the label and how much SDG is in this product?
- How much should I really take daily?
- Do you need to refrigerate flax hull lignans?
1. What are flax lignans? Lignans are phytonutrients widely distributed in the plant kingdom. They can be found in most unrefined grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits. Whole flax seed (with the shell) has been recognized as the richest source of dietary plant lignans and contains from 75 to 800 times more than any other plant source.
2. Why can't I just get lignans by grinding my own flax seed? First, you'd have to eat 70 teaspoons of flax seed to get the benefits of 1 teaspoon of concentrated lignans. We extract the lignans directly from the shell and then concentrate them at a 70:1 ratio. Whole ground flax seed gives you some lignan benefit (due to the shell being ground into the meal), but not like the concentrated Flax Hull Lignans. The second problem with grinding your own flax seed is that whole ground flax seed has a short shelf life. Once ground you have to refrigerate it immediately to keep it from turning rancid. Our concentrated flax lignans are extracted using a cold mechanical process. The oils are not activated, so the shelf life is 18 months.
3. What about the flaxseed oil that contains lignans? Flax seed oil contains practically no lignans. Flax oil also is missing many of the nutrients needed to digest them. While flax oil is good for obtaining fatty acids, it is not considered a good source for lignans. Some companies add lignans to their oil, but unless you see particles floating in the oil, they are using the chemically extracted lignan called SDG and it is a dead lignan (enzymes aren't alive) and it may have chemical residues from the extraction process. It is also just one lignan alone, while our lignans contain all of the lignans present in flax seed.
4. Does the baking process destroy the lignans? No. Although heat at high enough levels will destroy all living enzymes, the immunity boosting and cancer fighting properties of flax hull lignans are not.
5. Are flax lignans safe? Flax is a natural plant source of vital nutrition and is considered generally safe for people of all age groups. Because flax contains phytoestrogens (plant estrogens), people with hormone related health concerns (i.e. pregnant or lactating women or people with hormone related cancers) should consult their doctor before consuming any flax product.
6. What claims can be made? This product is marketed as a dietary supplement under FDA regulations and therefore makes no statement or claim that this product cures, treats, prevents or mitigates any diseases.
7. What standards and certificates do the lignans hold? We have organic and non-organic lignans. The organic certification is USA Organics, which has higher standards than regular Organic certifications. It is the highest standard certification we know of.
8. How do the capsules compare to powder? It takes 6 capsules to make one serving (5 g), and there are 90 capsules in a jar. That means that if you are taking 6 capsules a day, one jar is only enough for 2 weeks. Many people who are buying flax hull lignans with the purpose of just keeping their immune system healthy and want to take capsules, cut the 5grams down to half of that (2.5g). This makes the jar last a month. We have no official data on this amount as all of the trials done by AIDS Research and Assistance were on the 5g amount.
9. “When are prices going up? How much?” Prices have gone up, we are officially charged much more now per jar on our side of it. We are trying to absorb some of that charge so that we don't completely shock our customers with new prices. We've tried to be creative in ways that we can still offer the same prices. For example, we can help you save money by offering the 3 month supply jar of flax lignans. There is less $ going into the actual jars, labels, extra scoops and shipping materials, and we can help you save money this way. We're concerned about the economy like everyone else and we know our customers need a fair price. As we're charged more, we're trying to be creative in many ways to keep the cost down.
10. What is the difference in color of product? There is no difference in the quality of the flax, but the color often varies from gold to brown. Flax can be grown either brown or gold and we use both. The amount of lignans always falls within the 30-60mg per gram, whether it is brown or gold.
12. Are there any new updates on the flax hull lignans? There are often new scientific updates which we send out in our newsletter. You can sign up for our newsletter at our website, www.flaxlignanhealth.com
13. How much flax hull lignans should I put in when baking? Since these lignans are so concentrated, one scoop (1 scoop = 1/2 tbsp) would have the same lignan health effect as putting 105 teaspoons of whole ground flax seed in your product—and people will never taste it! The amount you add should be up to you.
14. What about the Omega 3's? Are there any in flax hull lignans? The lignans are 8% oil and fat, and 55% of that oil and fat is ALA (alpha-linolenic acid)(the most important of the omega 3's because it can be converted by the body into the other omegas). If a person were to consume 5 g (1 scoop) daily of flax hull lignans, they would be consuming approximately 275 mg ALA. 110 mg is the daily recommended amount of ALA for women, 160mg is for men—Recommended by Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A.) Amazingly enough, this is not enough to cause rancidity problems because of the way we extract the lignans. Since they are extracted in a cold-milled process, the oils aren't activated until you ingest them or bake with them. Once you bake with them, the oils will go bad whenever the bread or baked good item is stale...so you have a good amount of time to consume your baked good. For good conscience sake, you can keep the baked good in the fridge.
16. What is SDG? How much of it is in the flax hull lignans? Secoisolariciresinol Diglycoside (SDG) is the predominant lignan in flax hulls. Our lignans have 150-300mg SDG per 5g (1/2 tablespoon). While this is the highest concentration we know available, we'd like to point out that scientists at the University of North Dakota are telling us that they believe it is the working together of all lignans in the flax seed that provide the most immune boosting results. Our lignans are up to 65% pure lignan content (the rest being shell particulate)— no other lignan company that we know of can boast this! We have a broad spectrum of lignans—all lignans present in the flax seed are in our flax lignans (other companies only extract the SDG).
17.Can you explain the label and how much SDG is in this product? According to consistent lab reports, each gram of concentrated flax hull lignans have between 30-60 MG of SDG in it. One daily serving is 5 Grams (which is ½ Tbsp.) That means that each serving has between 150 to 300 MG of SDG, which is the lignan most studied and desired in the scientific community.