A health food which is up and coming, and has been gaining popularity lately, even though it’s been sold for decades, the lowly flax seed has a lot to recommend it. In many studies, flax seed has been seen as a way to offer supplements to the body builder which might help them to take on muscle rather than any kind of fatty tissue. To date, we have no real evidence that flax seed helps to negate fatty tissue and to promote solid muscle mass.
In weight loss supplements as well as in other supplements, the flax seed which has been touted as a cure all for many different kinds of problems is gaining ground. In fact, according to Japanese research experts, those flax seed enthusiasts may just be on to something. They believe that flax seed can do all of what people say and a great deal more.
Lignans, one of the ingredients or nutrients in flax seed has some fairly impressive qualities. It has anti estrogen properties which may help those who have diabetes, some hormonal related cancers, as well as cardiovascular diseases. Now we do know that estrogens can help to cause some level of fatty tissue deposit and that anti-estrogens, as well as fighting cancer, may also help to fight the accumulation of fatty tissue. This has been proven in multiple studies, the most recent taking place just a few months ago.
The Japanese researchers took some of the components in flax seed and used it for research. They gave the seooisolariciresinol diglucoside or SDG and used it to research the flax. The body converts SDG into enterolactone. When the substance was fed to mice along with very high fat food, they put on less than the average amount of weight. The SDG actually fought weight gain.
When they increased the amount which was given to the mice, secoisolariciresinol diglucoside actually lowered the growth of fatty tissue that they grew to the same level of that which was being maintained by the mice which had been given the low fat food.
THe mice that got the supplementation did, however, gain some weight. Since the weight gain was noted to not be fatty tissue and the supplement prevented the accumulation of fats, there is one other inference that we can make. Knowing these test results makes it not the least implausible to suggest that they gained muscle mass rather than fatty tissue.