Registered Dietitian, Flax Expert Helps Consumers Demystify Flax Product Claims
Minneapolis - Acatris Inc., a leading supplier of LinumLifeTM EXTRA, the first flax extract with a standardized 20% lignan concentration, today issued a national consumer alert to help health-conscious shoppers make informed decisions when purchasing flax products claiming to have "high lignans."
"It is important for consumers to understand the actual amount of lignans the product contains in order to receive nutritional value for their purchase," said Jocelyn Mathern, R.D. and Technical Specialist for Acatris Inc. "Consumers may think that because a product says 'high lignan' that it actually contains high amounts of SDG. However, many flax products making a high lignan claim don't list the actual amount of lignans on the label so you don't know what you're getting. The level of lignans may be very low. For example, most high lignan flax oils contain only 2-3 mg of SDG per serving. This means consumers would have to take 20 servings of high lignan flax oil a day to reach a beneficial amount."
The main flaxseed lignan is SDG. Based on research, consumers need a minimum of 50mg a day of SDG to reap the health benefits attributed to the ingredient. Lignans have been reported to help improve prostate health, reduce menopausal symptoms, promote heart health and have benefits for breast health.
Manufacturers such as Jarrow Formulas are leading the market by offering consumers supplements with a standardized amount of flaxseed lignans. To ensure consumers are getting beneficial amounts of flax lignans, Mathern urges consumers to look for such products with a label containing a SDG amount ensuring there is a standardized amount of lignans per serving. Mathern also said Acatris is preparing to launch a central online consumer resource in March to further educate consumers about flax lignans and provide valuable tips and guidance.
"Without a proper understanding of high lignan amounts, consumers are spending the extra money on high lignan products and still missing out on all of the health benefits that flax lignans offer," said Mathern.
Acatris Inc.'s LinumLife™ EXTRA is produced through a patented production process.
A dosage of 250 mg of LinumLife™ EXTRA provides 50 mg lignans. This ingredient offers the convenience for one-per-day lignan capsules or tablets. For more information on LinumLife™, visit www.linumlife.com .
Source: Acatris Inc, Minneapolis MN