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The Proven Benefits of Flaxseed and LNA

by Susan Smith Jones, Ph.D.

In the last 10 years a plethora of scientific studies
has been released on flaxseed and its amazing oil,
known as alpha-linolenic acid (LNA) or omega-3.
At a recent conference held at the Flax Institute of
the United States, scientists focused attention on
flaxseed and its role in healing and preventing
numerous degenerative diseases.

Research and clinical experience demonstrate the
following benefits from regular regular consumption
of flaxseed:

1. Cancers. For over 35 years, German lipid
researcher Johanna Budwig has been using flaxseed oil successfully in cancer therapy. She has more than 1,000 documented cases of successful cancer treatment with flaxseed oil as the main treatment.

In his New York City clinic, the now deceased Dr.
Max Gerson, used fresh flaxseed oil as the principal
cancer fighting agent. More recent research shows that
LNAs kill human cancer cells in tissue cultures
without harming the normal cells. Breast, lung and
prostate cancer cell lines were studied. As mentioned
above, research evidence suggests that lignans may
fight off chemicals responsible for initiating tumors
and block estrogen receptors, which may reduce colon
cancer risk. And according to Dr. James Duke of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture, flaxseed contains 27 identifiable cancer preventive compounds.


2. Heart Disease. One of the unique features of
flaxseed oil is that it contains a substance that
resembles prostaglandins, which may well be part of
its potent therapeutic value. The prostaglandins
regulate blood pressure and arterial function, and
have an important role in calcium and energy
metabolism. No other vegetable oil examined so far
matches this property of flaxseed oil.

Similarly, LNAs blood-regulating capabilities
prevent spontaneous blood clots caused by an excess of
fatty acids derived from refined polyunsaturated oils.
This
has implications for preventing strokes if used at an
early enough stage in a remedial lifestyle change
using both exercise and improved diet.


3. Diabetes. Late-onset adult diabetes is
suspected to originate partially from a deficiency of
LNAs and an excess of saturated and trans fats in
the diet.

Although this syndrome can take as long as 30 years to
emerge as a full blown disease, reversal of symptoms
can occur with positive changes in the diet and
proper supplementation of LNA from flaxseed oil. A
concurrent lack of vitamins and minerals makes the
disease worse. LNAs also may lower the insulin
requirements of diabetics.


4. Inflammatory Tissue Conditions.
LNA fatty acids decrease inflammatory conditions of
all types. Inflammatory conditions of all types.
Inflammatory conditions are the diseases that end in
"itis", including bursitis, tendonitis, tonsillitis,
gastritis, iletis, colitis, meningitis, arthritis,
phlebitis, prostatitis, nephritis, splenitis,
hepatitis, pancreaitis, otitis, etc., as
lupus. Many of these inflammatory conditions may be
eased by use of LNAs.

5. Skin conditions. Pedigree show animals are fed
linseed oil, made from flaxseed, to keep their coats
glossy. Along the same lines, recent research has
shown that skin conditions in human, such as psoriasis
and eczema, have improved dramatically when flaxseed
and flax oil was added to the diet. These skin
conditions exacerbate from lack of LNAs in the diet.
You will see that your skin gets smoother, softer and
velvety form taking flaxseed oil regularly in your
diet. It's also helpful for treating dry skin.
dandruff and sun-sensitive skin.

6. Sexual Disorder. Dr. Budwig has found flaxseed
oil to be a natural aphrodisiac. The most common
physical cause of impotence in men and non orgasmic
response in women is blockage of blood flow in the
arteries of the pelvis. Decrease of blood flow
prevents full expansion (erection) of the penis and/or
orgasm cannot occur. The solution is to unblock
narrowed arteries in general, and the consumption of
flaxseed oil will help. Flaxseed oil is quickly
gaining the reputation as one of the best aphrodisiacs
of the 90s.


7. Calmness Under Stress. Many people find
increased calmness to be the most profound effect of
using fresh flaxseed oil. It brings on a feeling of
calmness often within a few hours. This may be partly
due to the fact that, under stress, LNA fatty acids
appear to slow down the overproduction of stressing
biochemical like arachidonic acid which happens when
we are chronically stressed.


8. Water Retention. The LNA and LA fatty acids
in flax oil helps the kidneys excrete sodium and
water. Water retention (edema) accompanies swollen
ankles, some forms of obesity, PMS, and all stages of
cancer and cardiovascular disease.


9. Vitality and Athletic Ability. One of the most noticeable signs of improved health from the use of flaxseed oil is progressive and increased vitality and energy. Flax increases metabolic rate and the efficiency of cellular energy production. It stimulates respiratory and cellular oxidation by which energy is produced which we experience as warmth. For athletes, or anyone wishing to reduce fat and create a fit, lean body, this is great news!


10. Other conditions. LNAs are necessary for
visual function (retina), adrenal function (stress)
and sperm formation. They often improve symptoms of
multiple sclerosis. In fact, when LNA consumption is
high, MS is rare. Flax oil also can be helpful in
cystic fibrosis (LNA helps loosen viscous secretions
and relieves breathing difficulties); some cases of
sterility and miscarriage; some behavioral problems (schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder); allergies; addictions (to drugs or alcohol); and some deviant behaviors.


Susan Smith Jones has a B.S. in psychology, M.S. in
kinesiology and a Ph.D. in health sciences and has
been a fitness instructor at UCLA for 20 years. In
1985 and again in 1988 Susan was selected by the
President's Council of Physical Fitness and Sports as
one of the ten "Healthy American Fitness Leaders"
She is the author of several books including her
latest, The Main Ingredients of Health & Happiness
(Dawn Publications). 1-800-645-7475.
 
 


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