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7-HMRlignans Enterolactone Enhancer: Natural Plant Lignans for Health and Wellness

Lee Swanson, president of Swanson Health Products

Lee Swanson

Dear Friends and Valued Customers,

On April 19, 2005, the United States Department of Agriculture unveiled a new Food Guide Pyramid. In the USDA's introductory report, entitled "Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005," under chapter 5, "Food Groups to Encourage", the USDA placed special emphasis on consumption of whole grains. The report reads, "In the grain-refining process, most of the bran and some of the germ is removed, resulting in the loss of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, lignans and phytoestrogens." This report recognizes the value of the broad range of phytonutrients, including lignans, now missing from the typical American diet. Unfortunately, modern food processing techniques remove a great deal of the nutritive value found in food, and in this short article, I want to focus on one crucial component of a healthy diet—lignans and enterolactones.

As always, I wish you the very best of health,

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Lignans and Enterolactones—What Are They?

Lignans are phytonutrients, a class of plant compounds beneficial to human health but not classified as vitamins. Lignans are a normal part of a healthy diet and widely distributed in plants and foods, however, in very small amounts. Due to the over-processing of food, most people do not get enough lignans in their daily diet, and this may have a detrimental effect on health, as lignans are a precursor of enterolactones in the body. The 7-HMR lignan (7-hydroxymatairesinol) is a direct precursor of enterolactone. Swanson Ultra 7-HMRlignans are highly bioavailable lignans derived from the Norwegian Spruce tree.

What Are the Health Benefits of Enterolactones?

The friendly bacteria in our intestines convert plant lignans into "human" lignans, primarily enterolactones, which have a very weak estrogen-like activity. Estrogens are small molecules responsible for the controlling of many critical reactions in the body. Unfortunately, many of us eat diets that are highly refined and lacking in whole grains and naturally occurring lignans. Supplementing with Swanson Ultra 7-HMRlignans can help bolster lignan levels in the diet. Studies have shown that higher levels of enterolactones in the body are strongly associated with immune health, cardiovascular fitness, healthy blood pressure, prostate health in men, breast and bone health in women and in particular may help women manage menopause more comfortably.

Most People (Even Men) Need More Estrogen

While most of us think of estrogen as a "woman's hormone," men need more estrogen, too. Not the kind prescribed for women, but the natural kind found in plant lignans. A recent issue of The Lancet reported that men benefited from estrogens found in plants almost as much as women did, particularly in regard to cardiovascular and prostate health. These natural plant estrogens found in lignans won't turn a man into a woman but will help improve the health of both men and women on virtually all levels. Unfortunately, the average lignan intake in the U.S. diet is less than 1 mg per day, well below the levels research indicates are necessary for optimal health. Fortunately, through better diet or by taking a once daily, high-quality lignan supplement, natural enterolactones, and thereby estrogen levels can be brought up to normal, healthy levels—safely and naturally.

What Type of Lignan Is Best?

Up until now, one of the best sources of dietary lignans was flaxseed. Unfortunately, the bioavailability of lignans in flax can be a problem, and the high daily dosage of 20–30 grams required to achieve optimal lignan levels can also be an issue. Fortunately, a recent breakthrough discovery by one of Europe's largest and most respected pharmaceutical companies, Linnea Corporation based in Locarno, Switzerland, has solved the problem of how to isolate sufficient, high-quality readily bioavailable lignans that will naturally increase enterolactones and thereby estrogen levels in the body. In a remarkable discovery in 2001, the research scientists at Linnea found that the Norwegian Spruce Tree native to Scandinavia contained a totally unique and what is now proven to be the most powerfully bioactive lignan in existence. Called 7-HMRlignans, short for 7-hydroxymatairesinol, it has been found to be a direct metabolic precursor of human enterolactones.

Norwegian Spruce Lignans—Nature's Best to You!

7-HMRlignans in food

The Norwegian Spruce Tree is plentiful in the Scandinavian countries, especially Finland, where it is used extensively in the paper industry. This has led to a strong national and academic interest in the study of wood chemistry. In addition, Finland is also a center of excellence for the study of wood byproducts such as Norwegian Spruce Lignans. Researchers at the University of Helsinki made the link between research chemistry and potential health benefits of the wood-derived 7-HMRlignans. This led to a 5-year partnership between Hormos Medical Corporation of Turku, Finland, and Linnea Corporation in Switzerland to bring this remarkable new substance onto the market. Now with its introduction into the world health marketplace, Swanson Health Products is honored to be the first company in North America to offer 7-HMRlignans to you, our valued customers.

7-HMRlignans—Just One Capsule per Day!

Just one 40-mg capsule per day of our new 7-HMRlignans can naturally and safely help boost your enterolactones to optimal levels. I've personally used the product for three months, and it's one of the best new supplements I've used in years. After only a couple of days, I felt healthier and energized—just more alive! I urge you to give our 7-HMRlignans a try, too. I'm sure you'll reap the same benefits I've experienced in a very short period of time. And, as always, your purchase is risk free. If you're not completely satisfied with the product, just let us know, and your full purchase price will be promptly and cheerfully refunded. Order today, and see for yourself what higher enterolactone levels can do for you!