A producer of flaxseed and flaxseed products in the US has received an endorsement from the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education following the publication of a number of research studies showing a link between the product and cancer prevention.
Heintzman Farms, which markets its products under the Dakota Flax Gold brand, said that a number of recent studies had shown numerous health benefits including positive effects on hormone-related cancerous tumours. Two flaxseed components may be responsible for this action: omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidant plant hormones called lignans. Flaxseed is the richest plant source of both omega-3 fatty acids and lignans.
The Center for Advancement in Cancer Education is a non-profit cancer information, counselling and referral agency specialising in nutritional, immunological and psychological support for cancer prevention and control. It sponsors educational programmes for both lay and professional groups, and has served thousands of people in the United States and overseas.
Dakota Flax Gold is sold to consumers, medical clinics, hospitals and health food stores throughout the US, but the company also produces Jet Caps flaxseed supplements, whole-flaxseed snack bars called Bite Me!, and Fairy Flax flaxseed snack packets. Golden flax is said to have a milder flavour than brown flaxseed but with the same or greater nutritive benefit. The company is expecting a significant increase in sales following the endorsement of the product by the Center.