SHANGHAI, CHINA – Cactus Botanics has launched a flax seed lignan ingredient rich in secoisolariciresinol diglucosides (SDG).
Compared to materials made form ground up flax seed, dietary ingredients manufactured from lignans contain up to 70 times more the amount of SDG, shown to be the active ingredient and an antioxidant that protects against DNA damage and lipid peroxidation.1
“Flax seed-derived lignans can promote benefits for such concerns as prostate, bone, heart and breast health, inflammation and menopause,” says Michelle Banks, director of the United States sales and marketing branch of Cactus Botanics.
Further research demonstrates that flax-seed antioxidants (such as SDG) can protect DNA in mononuclear blood cells, lymphocytes, or leukocytes.2 In addition, flaxseed lignan SDG has also been shown to support the body against such lifestyle conditions as diabetes and hypercholesterolaemic atherosclerosis.3
Carol Cheow, General Manager of Cactus Botanics Shanghai headquarters, explains that the level of antioxidant activity in nutraceutical and pharmaceutical formulas is quantified by in vitro and in vivo studies where the focus is mainly on the role in scavenging reactive oxygen species (ROS), since ROS is a well-known contributor to the aging process and pathogenesis.
Cheow adds, “The flaxseed lignan secoisolariciresinol diglucoside (SDG,) known for its functional properties, can have possible health-benefit applications in the forms of dietary supplements and functional foods and beverages.”
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 Antioxidant Potentials of Flaxseed by in Vivo Model. J. Agric. Food Chem.
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 Flaxseed lignan attenuates high-fat diet-induced fat accumulation and induces adiponectin expression in mice. British Journal of Nutrition, 2008, 1-8
Contact: Michelle Banks