Friday, December 20, 2013

Flax seed to prevent and treat gynecomastia

A few days ago, I received a letter via e-mail, from a guy who has gynecomastia. He read in a forum, that a man with gynecomastia had taken every day 5 flaxseed oil capsules, and it helped a lot with his gynecomastia. Flax seeds can really help you! I thought my answer would be interesting and useful to all who read this site. Here it is ....


Omega-3 are very important for the human body, and have a lot of positive effects. I do not think Omega 3 directly affect your gynecomastia, but certainly affect it indirectly, through increased insulin sensitivity, improving the permeability of cell membranes, and it helps you lose weight. In general, one should take one gram of EPA daily. I am also taking Omega-3. My favorute is Now Foods, Omega-3, Molecularly Distilled, 500 Softgels

Flax seed has very interesting compounds in it. Extracted flaxseed oil is rich in ALA, which makes the bodys EPA and DHA both are omega-3 fatty acids. There is a "but" - some people, have lost their intestinal bacteria, that convert ALA-s into EPA and DHA. So, they do not have any beneffits from ALA.

In flax seed, there is another important ingredient - lignans, which are contained in the shell of the seed. Similar to estrogens, they compete with them, for the estrogen receptor. At the same time, they have far less estrogenic activity. That will occupy estrogen receptors, and leave no place to attach, and stimulate the mammary glands, to grow and form gynecomastia. There was a study to compare them in strength with the effect of the drug Nolvadex (tamoxifen) whitch is SERM (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator)

Another value of flax seeds is fiber, they help you to go to toilet more often (much needed) and from there, to throw out more of the processed in the liver female hormones (estrogens). Individual fibers are associated with estrogen, and make it less active, and ready for discharge from the body. This will help you improve your ratio of male / female hormones, and from there to combat gynecomastia.

Now, a little bit about things that you have to be careful of in flax seeds, and in particular the intake of large quantities of them.

If you overdo it with the fiber, there is danger to develop deficiency of some of the valuable minerals for the body (Zinc, etc.). Fiber connects to minerals from food and forms undisolvabe salts, and thus prevents their absorption. From my previous articles, you know how dangerous it is for gynecomastia sufferers to have zinc deficiency. So do not overdo the use of flaxseed, as to avoid getting the opposite effect.
The daily dosage is 2 tablespoons, not more. If you take large amounts of flax seed, there is danger of poisoning yourself with cadmium.
Excessive amount of lignans may lower the levels of testosterone in the body.
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