ATYPICAL CUSHINGS AND FLAXHULLS (lignans)
We started to furnish flaxhulls for atypical Cushing's about 1/1/09 and if there is any derogatory results we are not hearing much about them.... almost all positive.
Two persons have some feeding problems and if you experience this, get in contact with me.
One person's dog was drinking too much water and had urination problems and that was solved by adjusting the daily ration of flaxhulls.
The suggested dose is 1/2 teaspoon for dogs under 30 pounds and 1 teaspoon for dogs over 30 pounds !!NOTE!! (suggested) (ORIGINAL DOSE)
LIGNANS (SDG) are for atypical Cushing's.... that is what is in the flaxhulls (the most concentrated source of lignans (SDG), not the flaxoil, even the high lignan flaxoil, has very few lignans and they are not evenly distributed.
Flaxhulls (lignans) are allowed a 2 year shelf life and I have personally kept them twice that.
SO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE VOLUME DISCOUNTS
We need to get the orders into the post office by 3:00 PM CT except for Saturday, which is 5:30 PM CT.
!! NOTE !! We have mailed orders late Saturday and had them arrive in New York Monday AM. So it appears that Sunday is included in the 2 to 3 day delivery service.
There have been a couple of inquiries about the color change in the flaxhulls. This is due to a different variety of flaxseed (darker or lighter brown). The coarser grind also makes the color appear darker. Dark or light - coarse or fine - all the same.
The University of Tennessee suggests that your find a lignan product that is standardized, as to lignan content and that is possible, but you must extract the lignans from the flaxseed with chemicals and this rules out organic.
I was informed by NDSU (North Dakota State University) that when they need to purchase pure lignans - the cost is $100.00 per milligram (mg).
I have not heard of anyone extracting any other lignan than the lignan - Seciosolariciresinol Diglycoside (SDG or SD) on a commercial basis. You may or may not know that there are 25 or 27 different lignans in the flaxseed and are in the hull (outer coating).
The standardized products probably only contain the lignan - Seciosolariciresinol Diglycoside (SDG or SD) and no other parts of the flaxhull.
Here at flaxhulls.com, the flaxhull is removed from the flaxseed by a mechanical process, then the oil is pressed out with a low temperature press and then ground into a find powder. Low temperature preserves the digestive enzymes. Now it is ready to consume by pets and humans. This product contains everything that is in the flax seed hull, including all of the lignans (25 or 27 of them), without the oil. Therefore a good shelf life (2 years) and is organic.
Now comes the hard part. How much to give to your dog each day.
We started furnishing flaxhulls for K9's about the first of the year and the University of Tennessee suggested 1/2 teaspoon for dogs under 30 pounds, one teaspoon for dogs over 30 pounds. Recently the University of Tennessee has been suggesting one mg of lignan per pound of body weight. Most folks are just using the red scoop in the flaxhulls container, which is equal to 1/2 tablespoon or 5 grams or three (1/2 teaspoons) or 6 (1/4 teaspoons) or 12 (1/8 teaspoons).
So for now, let us figure that flaxhulls has 40 mg of lignans per gram of product or 4%. Then one red scoop equals 200 mg of lignans, which is ok for humans. How about 1/2 scoop for a 100 pound dog. 1/2 teaspoon is equal to 1.67 grams of flaxhulls times 40 mg of lignans per gram = 66.8mg of lignans.
Remember that lignans in flaxhulls does not remain constant, it has to do with the flax variety, soil conditions, growing season weather, etc - it is a whole food and can not be standardized without giving up part of the flaxhull and the organic status and most of the folks have been feeding their dog much more than the suggested dosage and maybe does not make any difference.
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