Fresh Ground Flaxseeds and flax Hull Supplement Products can Stop Hair Loss
As was mentioned in the previous post Flaxseeds and Flax lignans Show Promise for Preventing and Reversing Hair Loss, the plant lignans found in flax seeds can prevent hair loss and encourage hair re-growth.
According to an unpublished study, 9 out of 10 men suffering from hair loss saw an improvement in their condition after taking a flax lignan supplement with 50 mg of lignans. Another study reported improvements in BPH symptoms from consuming 300-600 mg of SDG, the main flax lignan.
How can flax lignans help to stop hair loss?
Lignans can help prevent or reverse hair loss partly due to the facts that the lignan constituents in plants, such as secoisolariciresinol diglycoside (SDG) in flaxseed, resemble the hormone estrogen. Lignans are thus classified as phytoestrogens. Like other phytoestregens, they hook onto the same spots (receptors) on the cells where estrogen attaches. When natural estrogen is abundant in the body, lignans reduce estrogen’s effects by displacing it from cells. This displacement of the hormone can help prevent hair loss.
Important! to receive the benefits of the flaxseeds, use fresh ground whole flaxseeds NOT flaxseed oil
The lignans in the flaxseed are what’s believed to be the key ingredient, not the flax oil. Flax oil contains only a minute amount of lignans.
Whole flax seed contain lignans, the important one being SDG, where clinical trials has revealed its ability to block the production of an enzyme (5-alpha-reductase). This is a critical intermediary in the biochemical pathway where testosterone is converted to DHT.
Using high lignan flaxseed oil is absolutely useless. To get the lignans you have to actually buy flaxseed and not the oil.
Fish oil contains high levels of retinol (a form of vitamin A) Vitamin A is toxic in high levels. One of the side effects of excessive vitamin A intake is hair loss.
Flax oil can actually exacerbate your hair loss problem
Many people have reported excessive hair loss after starting a flax oil regimen.
The hair loss problems people are incurring stems from the ingestion of an overabundance of Omega-3s from the flax oil capsules they’ve been using.
Additionally, fax oil is only helpful for inflammation and nutrition if it is fresh. If the oil is rancid or oxidized, it can boost free radicals- which can then lead to inflammation-and hair loss.
Important! The ground flaxseeds must be fresh to be of any benefit for hair re-growth
I would strongly recommended buying whole flaxseeds and grinding them yourself as opposed to buying ground flaxseeds.
I would not recommend buying pre-ground flaxseed meal for the simple reason that you have no idea how long the product has been sitting on the store shelf.
Flaxseeds go rancid more quickly after being ground up into meal.
Rancid ground flax seeds are toxic and will do absolutely nothing towards solving your hair loss problem.
For this reason I recommend to buy whole flax seed and grind it into meal yourself (this takes seconds in a blender or coffee grinder).
Buy whole flax seeds, keep them in the refrigerator, and grind enough for a week at a time in a coffee grinder or blender.
Flax seeds can be purchased in the bulk section of natural food stores and in most large grocery stores. Once flax seeds are ground they go rancid more quickly, thus should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer. Once ground the flax seed should be used within 60 days. Be sure to refrigerate. Flax seeds absorb 5 to 6 times their weight in water, so it is especially important to drink plenty of fluids when consuming ground seeds.
Whole flax seed stays fresh for up to a year if stored correctly.
Suggested use: To stimulate new hair growth take whole flax seeds, grind them in a coffee grinder and sprinkle them in on cereal, salads, oatmeal or your dish of choice. Include flax seed in smoothies. Take about 1 1/2 tablespoons a day.
To receive the most benefits from the the flax lignans, it is highly advisable to take a concentrated flax hull supplement product.
Flax Hulls contain the highest levels of lignans called secoisolariciresinol glucoside or SDG which, when converted to mammalian lignans (ED and EL) by good bacteria, are powerful antioxidants and potent free radical scavengers.
Flax Hulls (Lignans) are the natural organic shells of the flaxseed without any seed materials or oil. The shell of the flaxseed is known and proven to contain very high levels of botanical lignans especially SDG. When the hull is separated, the content of SDG becomes very concentrated.
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.
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.
Flax hulls are also nutritious fibers containing both soluble and insoluble fibers and Vitamin B12 in the form of Cobalamin
A highly recommended flax lignan supplement product is LinumLife Extra.
LinumLife Extra was launched in the US in December 2004. Extracted from flax hulls by a patented process, it is the most potent flax lignum product on the market. It is a more concentrated extract than the original LinumLife, launched in June 2003.