So last week when I wrote about flax seed, flax oil, lignans, Endometriosis, and estrogen levels (you can read it here), I emailed Good Karma to find out if they filter their flax milk. Supposedly, filtered flax has A LOT LESS (sometimes even no traces of) lignans (the phytoestrogen which may raise our estrogen levels).
Anyway, a representative from Good Karma wrote me back today, and I thought I’d share it with you.
Good morning! I was reading that you use cold-pressed flaxseed oil for your flax milk. Can you tell me if it is filtered or unfiltered flaxseed oil? I’m trying to determine if there lignans in your milk before I drink it. I suffer from Endometriosis and lingnans may increase my estrogen levels, which may alter my illness and treatment. Thank you, Lisa
Hi Lisa, Our Flaxmilk is filtered, so there are only sparse traces of lignans in our oil. As lignans are part of the flax seed husk and associated with the insoluble fiber component in flax seed the majority of the lignans go with the seed cake after we cold press the seeds. Some lignans do remain with the sediment in the oil but this is filtered out by our supplier before we use it in our Flaxmilk! Please let me know if you have any additional questions! Cara
So, from my research last week and this email, I may go back to drinking Good Karma’s flax milk. It has been the best-tasting dairy alternative to milk…and it’s only $2.99, so it fits my budget. But we’ll see. I need to really dwell upon the thought. Perhaps I’ll wait until after my surgery and really, really, really think.
…UPDATE 7/26/17: I haven’t actually gone back to drinking flax milk. I just didn’t want to take that risk. Instead, I’ve moved to an unsweetened almond milk. 🙂
What are your thoughts?