Flax Hull Lignans, Why They Are A Good Choice For Menopause Symptom Treatment
In vivo trials in 2007 provided strong evidence that flaxseed phytoestrogens were effective in managing symptoms commonly associated with menopause including hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. Those women completing the double-blind study benefited from a 57% reduction in symptoms.
This fact is remarkable when considering that only whole ground flaxseed was used.
Flaxseed has become the buzzword in recent years due to its all natural healing properties. Flaxseeds contain the most saturated and potent source of phytoestrogens (more commonly referred to as flax hull lignans), in the entire plant kingdom.
Flax is grown in the northern regions of the Midwest. As a plant crop, most nutritionists consider its use to be completely safe. Recent studies have concluded that the phytonutrients in flaxseed (especially in concentrated form) are as effective as HRT in relieving menopause symptoms and are noted to be a much safer alternative. Case studies also clearly support the efficacy of flaxseed and flax hull lignans in menopause symptom treatment, especially when compared to other popular herbal treatments.
How Fax Hull Lignans Work as a Menopause Symptom Treatment – found only the outer hull casing of the flaxseed, flax hull lignans, acting as weak phytoestrogens, replace the body’s naturally occurring estrogens lost during perimenopause and following menopause.
Flaxseed Side Effects – A health regimen based on either flaxseed or flax hull lignans brings with it a host of benefits which far outweigh any minor side effects.
In rare cases, side effects may include bloating, flatulence, and elimination difficulty. These symptoms are universally tied to water consumption when taking the prescribed dose, or water intake throughout the day.
Flax and flax hull lignans are inherently high in fiber. As with any high fiber diet, staying hydrated in very important. Nearly all difficulties ascribed to flax or flax derivatives can be eliminated by ingesting 24 to 32 ounces of water, daily.
Flax hull lignans are not recommended for women considering pregnancy, who are pregnant or lactating, children under 18, or individuals diagnosed with previous blockage disorders. Some individuals who have built up a tolerance have been noted to ingest one or two cups of whole ground flaxseed or flaxseed derivatives, per day. Individuals new to flax products ought to start out with less than 20 grams per day, especially if additional changes to diet also include other high-fiber foods.
The good news about flax hull lignans is that they contain about 8 to 10 times the amount of phytoestrgens as found in an equivalent amount of whole ground flaxseed. The ‘concentrated’ nature of flax hull lignans requires a much lower daily dose.
Even though less product is ingested, the potency of flax hull lignans far exceeds the nutrient bioavailability of even the best whole ground flaxseed
Fem-Flax® encapsulates only the most consistently potent flax hull lignans available. The recommended dose (depending on the severity of the symptoms associated with menopause) is between 2 and 6 capsules per day (equivalent to half teaspoon to a rounded tablespoon) daily.
The obvious encapsulation benefit is that flax hull lignans can be taken without the added and unnecessary calorie and carbohydrate ingestion associated with the powdered form (must be mixed into food), or concerns about bloating, elimination difficulty, diarrhea and flatulence.