Kidney “Stuff”™ Ingredients — Why this “Stuff” Works


TCM (True Cold Milled) Golden Flaxseed • Flax Hull Lignans • White Kidney Bean Powder • Bovine Kidney Powder • Defatted Wheat Germ • Beet Root Powder • Carrot Root Powder

TCM (True Cold Milled) Golden Flaxseed

Our ground flaxseed is milled from whole Golden Flaxseed with 99.9% purity, and shipped fresh from the farmers in North Dakota.

Our Milled Flaxseed is RCM Flaxseed™ Real Cold Milled. The flax enters the process at room temperature, is milled at room temperature and exits at room temperature. Furthermore, our proprietary milling method does not grind, crush or liberate oil like other processes, making our product very unique.

In “Flax – Your Way to Better Health,” Jane Reinhardt-Martin, RD, LD, reviews the research of mounds of health benefits of flaxseed, including its potential role in fighting diabetes, blood sugar regulation, fighting blood fats, promoting regularity, and easing inflammation. Research findings are also presented on the potential of flaxseed in the management of rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease, menopause, osteoporosis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel diseases, multiple sclerosis, and vaginal dryness. Source: Karah Lindbergh, Nutritionist NMSW

Flaxseed, rich in Omega 3 has been in existence for thousands of years. Hippocrates touted flax for the relief of intestinal discomfort and King Charlemagne passed laws ordering the people to consume flaxseed. Gandhi is quoted, “whenever flaxseed becomes a regular food items among the people, there will be better health”

Therapeutic Use of Flaxseed for Kidney Disease

Flaxseed may be one of your body's best friends if you have kidney disease. A great deal of scientific interest has recently focused on the ability of flaxseed to halt or slow the progression of kidney disease, as well as ameliorate some of the side effects associated with immune suppressive drugs used to treat kidney disease

Your kidneys are vital organs, performing many functions to keep your blood clean and chemically balanced. The kidneys remove wastes and extra water from the blood to form urine. Urine flows from the kidneys to the bladder through the ureters. 

Your kidneys are bean-shaped organs, each about the size of your fist. They are located near the middle of your back, just below the rib cage. The kidneys are sophisticated reprocessing machines. Every day, your kidneys process about 200 quarts of blood to sift out about two quarts of waste products and extra water. The wastes in your blood come from the normal breakdown of active tissues and from the food you eat. Your body uses the food for energy and self-repair. After your body has taken what it needs from the food, waste is sent to the blood. If your kidneys did not remove these wastes, the wastes would build up in the blood and damage your body. 

The actual filtering occurs in tiny units inside your kidneys called nephrons. Every kidney has about a million nephrons. In the nephron, a glomerulus - which is a tiny blood vessel, or capillary - intertwines with a tiny urine-collecting tube called a tubule. A complicated chemical exchange takes place, as waste materials and water leave your blood and enter your urinary system. Your kidneys also measure out chemicals like sodium, phosphorus, and potassium and release them back to the blood to return to the body. In this way, your kidneys regulate the body's level of these substances. 

Kidney-Related Diseases
Most kidney diseases attack the nephrons, causing them to lose their filtering capacity. The two most common causes of kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure. If your family has a history of any kind of kidney problems, you may be at risk for kidney disease. Another cause of kidney disease is lupus, a syndrome that results from several related autoimmune processes. For many years, the prognosis for severe forms of lupus nephritis (lupus related kidney disease) was miserable. Although patient survival and kidney function outcomes have improved over the last four decades, use of immunosuppressive regimens is not consistently effective. They often involve what experts call "insidious toxicities." 

Kidney Disease Quick Definitions

Albuminuria (AL-byoo-mih-NOO-ree-uh) - More than normal amounts of a protein called albumin in the urine. Albuminuria may be a sign of kidney disease. 

Creatinine (kree-AT-ih-nin) - A waste product from meat protein in the diet and from the muscles of the body. Creatinine is removed from blood by the kidneys; as kidney disease progresses, the level of creatinine in the blood increases. 

Polycystic (PAHL-ee-SIS-tik) kidney disease (PKD) - An inherited disorder characterized by many grape-like clusters of fluid-filled cysts that make both kidneys larger over time. These cysts take over and destroy working kidney tissue. PKD may cause chronic renal failure and end-stage renal disease. 

Proteinuri a (PRO-tee-NOOR-ee-uh) - The presence of protein in the urine, indicating that the kidneys are not working properly.

Flax & Kidney Disease
Flaxseed has demonstrated useful anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties in a number of animal models and human diseases. Flaxseed may also inhibit sclerosis and formation of scar tissue. In recent years, researchers have been investigating whether the phytoestrogens and lignans from foods such as flaxseed can play a beneficially therapeutic role in kidney disease, which often involves destructive inflammatory, oxidative and sclerotic processes. The answer seems to be quite positive. 

"There is growing evidence that dietary phytoestrogens have a beneficial role in chronic renal disease," say Drs. M.T. Velasquez and S.J. Bhathena. They note recent findings that suggest that "consumption of soy-based protein rich in isoflavones and flaxseed rich in lignans retards the development and progression of chronic renal disease. In several animal models of renal disease, both soy protein and flaxseed have been shown to limit or reduce proteinuria and renal pathological lesions associated with progressive renal failure. In studies of human subjects with different types of chronic renal disease, soy protein and flaxseed also appear to moderate proteinuria and preserve renal function." 

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Most of the clinical trials that have examined the therapeutic role of omega-3 fatty acids and kidney disease were of relatively short duration and involved a small number of patients. Furthermore, it is not clear what chemical constituents in flaxseed are most palliative. Still, the evidence supports the protective effect of flaxseed in a variety of types of chronic kidney disease. In short-term clinical studies, the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, derived from flaxseed and fish oils, seem to diminish cyclosporine-induced kidney toxicity and the attendant complication of hypertension; to inhibit inflammatory and atherogenic mechanisms in lupus nephritis; and to preserve renal function and reduce proteinuria. 

But, further investigations are needed to evaluate the long-term effects on renal disease progression in patients with chronic renal failure. If you have kidney disease, discuss the utilization of flaxseed and lignan-rich flax oil for your condition with your doctor and proceed from there.

Studies Support Flax's Role in Kidney Therapeutics In a recent issue of the journal Lupus, researchers extracted a lignan precursor from flaxseed to determine if it would exert kidney-protective effects similar to the whole flaxseed in the case of experimentally induced aggressive lupus. The study showed that flax lignans were highly protective "in a dose-dependent fashion, by a significant delay in the onset of proteinuria with preservation in glomerular filtration rate and renal size." The study suggests that flax lignans "may have a therapeutic role in lupus nephritis." 

In a 1993 study, researchers from the Depart ment of Medicine, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, investigated whether a diet supplemented with flaxseed could offer kidney protection in a murine model of lupus nephritis. Tellingly, glomerular filtration rate at 16 weeks was greater in flaxseed fed mice compared with controls. The onset of proteinuria was delayed by four weeks in the flax-treated mice. The percentage of flaxseed-fed mice with proteinuria was lower than the control mice up to 21 weeks of age. Mortality was lower in the flaxseed-fed mice versus the control mice. 

At the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, researchers undertook a study to determine if flaxseed would modify the clinical course and renal pathology in experimentally induced polycystic kidney disease. Flaxseed-fed animals had lower serum creatinine, less cystic change, less renal fibrosis, and less macrophage infiltration of kidney tissues than controls. "Flaxseed amelioratesŠ rat polycystic kidney disease," the researchers said by altering the kidney's content of omega-3 fatty acids "in a manner that may promote the formation of less inflammatory classes of renal prostanoids (i.e., inflammatory-mediating chemicals)." 

Promising Clinical Results
In 2001, a clinical trial was conducted to determine whether the kidney-protective effects of ground flaxseed seen in experimental studies would extend to patients with lupus nephritis. Forty patients with lupus nephritis were asked to participate in a randomized crossover trial of flaxseed. Twenty-three agreed and were randomized to receive 30 grams of ground flaxseed daily or control (no placebo) for one year, followed by a twelve-week washout period and the reverse treatment for one year. There were eight drop-outs and of the 15 remaining subjects flaxseed sachet count and serum phospholipid levels indicated only nine were adherent to the flaxseed diet. The nine compliant patients had lower serum creatinine at the end of the two-year study than the 17 patients who refused to participate. Microalbumin levels demonstrated a greater decline when flaxseed was part of the diet. "Flaxseed appears to be renoprotective in lupus nephritis," the researchers said.

Recent research has shown that the lignans from the flaxseed are a potential boon for those afflicted with the auto immune disease systemic lupus erytheromatosus (SLE or" lupus"). The tragic end for most of the people who develop this condition is kidney failure related to the chronic inflammation created by their own immune system. Research has shown that flaxseed lignans exert a specific protective effect for the kidneys of these sufferers. The understanding that this research provides modern medicine also shows that it has a positive effect on those people with polycystic kidney disease. In this day and age of frequent diuretic usage, from prescription blood pressure medications to the caffeine in coffee, tea and soda, our kidneys take a beating. The addition of a kidney friendly agent like flaxseed lignans can go a long way towards making our kidneys happier and helping them perform their blood filtration role more adequately.

An Incredible Component of Flaxseed

Lignans are a family of compounds that are found inside the seed coats and roots of many different plants. They are a type of insoluble fiber that is proving to be an extremely valuable tool in the prevention of many different diseases. Lignans have been shown to help relieve the symptoms of menopause, as well as providing protection from hormone sensitive cancers and auto immune conditions. These remarkable compounds also have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Naturally, it is the cancer protective effects of lignans that have received the most scientific attention. Breast and prostate cancers are those that seem most affected by lignan activity. This effect may be because lignans have the ability to act like hormones and interfere with excessive hormonal production, excess hormonal binding to receptors and even the transportation of excess hormone in the blood. Flaxseed meal is, pound for pound, the richest food source of lignans on the planet. The effects on pregnancy have not been determined. Check with your Obstetrician before consuming lignans hulls.

1/4 Cup flaxseed meal provides 12 grams fiber, 13 grams protein, 9 grams EFA Omega 3.
Keep seeds in dry closed container, out of sunlight, Refrigerate when in high humidity.

Flax is one of the oldest sources of textile fiber and for centuries, flaxseed and the plant from which it comes, was used for just about everything except food. Until recently, that is.

Nowdays, because of its new-found fame as a “health food”, people are enjoying the slightly sweet, nutty taste of flaxseed.

Flaxseed is an incredible rich source of a group of compounds called lignans. While many plant foods also contain lignans, flaxseed has the absolute most – at least 75 times more than any other food. You’d have to eat about 100 slices of whole-wheat bread to get the same amount of lignans that are in ¼ cup of flaxseed. This is important because studies shown that lignans have powerful antioxidant properties that help block damaging effects of free radicals, preventing body changes that can lead to cancer.

In addition flaxseed is very high in fiber. Three tablespoons of seeds contain 3 grams of fiber, or about 12 % of Daily Value. Fiber in the diet is very important because it can help block harmful compounds in the body that over time may cause damage to cells in the intestine – it helps to move these compounds out of intestine quickly, making them less likely to do harm.

In addition, flaxseed shows promise for reversing kidney damage caused by lupus, a condition in which the immune system produces harmful substances that attack and damage healthy tissues. Researches in the University of Western Ontario gave flaxseed to people with lupus-related kidney disease and discovered that several measurements of kidney function, including the ability to filter waste, quickly improved. There is current speculation among various research Universities that lignans and omega-3 in flaxseed fight inflammation in the tiny and very fragile arteries that supply blood to the kidneys, helping reduce artery-clogging process that can lead to kidney damage.

Flax Hull Lignans

Concentrated Flax Hull LIgnans are not flax seeds. Rather, they are concentrated directly -- using a special process -- from flax seed shells, or hulls, which typically don't make it into the bags of flax seed in the store. Which is a shame, because it turns out the vast majority of the disease fighting lignans in the flax seed are located in the hull that encases the seed.

The nutrients contained in flax seeds are highly concentrated in the shells -- one teaspoon of Concentrated Flaxs Hull Lignans contains the nutritional equivalent of two gallons of flax seed. Yes, gallons. And flax seed oil? Forget it. There are practically no lignans contained in the oil. You might be wondering what these lignans are exactly. Lignans are a group of chemical compounds found in plants. They're one of the major classes of phytoestrogens (you might have seen that word before in discussions about soy), which are chemicals that act as antioxidants. Flax seed is the richest source of lignans in the plant kingdom, containing up to 800 times more than any other plant source. THere are 27 different lignans in the flax seed and scientists believe they all work together to provide their amazing health benefits.

The major lignan in flax seed is called secoisolariciresinol diglucoside (SDG). It's actually a lignan precursor which means its power isn't unlocked until it is metabolized by your body. In the intestines, SDG becomes two lignans.

A New Process Unlocks This Superfood's Disease-fighting Prowess

Though scientists have known for some time that the flax seed hulls have an amazing nutritional profile, they've been at a loss as to how to unlock those nutrients. Finally, a farmer invented a chemical-free method of mechanically separating the lignan-rich hulls from the rest of the flax.

Concentrated Flax Hull LIgnans boast a pure lignan content of up to 65%. Each scoop of the product contains 150-300 mg of SDG per serving. That's 70 times the amount of SDG typically contained in the same amount of traditional flax seed.

In addition to their lignan content, flax seed hulls contain high levels of Omega-3s, as well as off-the-charts antioxidants. To put in in perspective -- kale has one of the highest ORAC values (this is the measurement of a food's antioxidant content) at 1,770 per 100 grams. Concentrated Flax Hull Lignans? They come in at a whopping 19,600 per 100 grams. The hulls also contain 4.3g of fiber and 2.8g of protein in each tablespoon.

Kidney Disorder: the kidneys are the major regulators of the water electrolyte, and acid-base (pH) content of the blood and, indirectly, all body fluids. Kidney disease is often the result of damage done to kidneys by exposure to certain drugs or toxins, heavy metals, solvents, poisons or pesticides. Impaired kidney function can also accompany or result from other disorders, such as diabetes, lupus, hypertension, and liver disease.*

There is growing evidence that dietary phytoestrogens, such as flax lignan, have a beneficial role in chronic renal (kidney) disease. Recent findings from dietary intervention studies performed in animals and human suggest that consumption of flaxseed rich in lignans (concentrated flax hull lignans) retards the development and progression of chronic renal disease.**

In a study involving the dietary supplement of concentrated flax hull lignans the research showed the existence of proteinuria, or protein in the urine, which is a sign of severe renal disease. It was noted that lignans produce specific reversible and completive inhibition of PAF. This PAF factor has been implicated with the onset of renal injury.

Flaxseed has been investigated in both immune and non-immune models of renal injury. It was concluded that in both models, flaxseed was beneficial in slowing the decline in renal function.


White Kidney Bean Powder

Research has shown that kidney beans have more in common with our kidneys than just their shape.  They have been proven again and again to have a healing influence on our kidneys.  They contain many amino acids, minerals, and vitamins, and are naturally low in sodium, to help maintain healthy retention of fluids in the body, and support renal health.

Bovine Kidney Powder

Bovine Kidney Powder contains important acids, enzymes, hormone precursors, and innumerable cellular determinants, that regulate cell activity and are the nutritional foundation and building blocks that benefit the corresponding tissues and cells in humans.

Defatted Wheat Germ

Defatted Wheat Germ provides important vitamins and minerals to promote healthy elimination and help support renal health.

Beet (Root) Powder

Beets help keep blood clean and circulating. Beet Root is one of the finest cleansing materials for the kidneys and gall bladder.

Carrot (Root) Powder

Carrots help maintain healthy fluid levels. Carrot Root is considered a cleansing medicine, stimulating urine flow, and the removal of waste by the kidneys.


"It is the unique blend of these healthy food ingredients
that is tremendously beneficial for kidney health."

Flaxseed References for Golden Standards Co. Website

Protective effects of dietary phytoestrogens in chronic renal disease.
  1. J Ren Nutr 2001 Oct;11(4):183-93 Protective effects of dietary phytoestrogens in chronic renal disease. Ranich T, Bhathena SJ, Velasquez MT. Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension, Department of Medicine, George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC 20037, USA.

J Am Coll Nutr. 2001 Apr;20(2 Suppl):143-8.

Flaxseed in lupus nephritis: a two-year nonplacebo-controlled crossover study.

Clark WF| Kortas C|Heidenheim AP|Garland J|Spanner E|Parbtani A

London Health Sciences Centre, The University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Kidney Int. 1995 Aug;48(2):475-80

Flaxseed: a potential treatment for lupus nephritis.

Clark WF| Parbtani A|Huff MW |Spanner E|de Salis H|Chin-Yee I|Philbrick DJ|Holub BJ

Department of Medicine, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. Hall AV, Parbtani A, Clark WF, et al. Abrogation of MRL/lpr lupus nephritis by dietary flaxseed. Am J Kidney Dis . 1993;22:326-332. Clark WF, Parbtani A, Huff MW, et al. Flaxseed: a potential treatment for lupus nephritis. Kidney Int . 1995;48:475-480.



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