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Canary seeds

I've heard from many people, and I read over the internet, a lot, about the benefits of the canary seeds for diabetes but I don't find any study or article from a medical asociation or a specialist that corroborates this or the opposite. Could anyone tell me if there is so many people talking and trying the seeds why we cannot find an expert's investigation or research or opinion about it? Did anyone tried these seeds with any result?
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The answer to such questions is typically marketing that is short (very short) on real facts. Sounds like another similar cure called Glucobate.

BTW an interesting fact of canary seed is a high silica fiber content. This has been linked esophogeal cancer in some university studies that popped up on a quick google search. IMO, even if the seeds were a diabetes cure, it would be a case of the cure is worse than the disease. I'll take diabetes over cancer any day
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Re: Canary seeds & silica

Hello,  You're right about silica risks, which is why any of the seeds I've seen advertised for diabetes are Pureza brand which claims to be silica fiber free. Have no idea if the canary seed works or if the brand is telling the truth -- only to say that the silica might not be an issue.

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Re: Canary seeds & silica

G'day and welcome to the forum.

 

Excuse the cynic in me, but I have to wonder if your reply to a post over three years old may be a promotion for a brand of seeds...

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Re: Canary seeds & silica

Hi,   Cynicism - or at least skepticism - is a reasonable response, but no, I don't care about the brand or have anything to do with it.

I wasn't going to comment because the post was 3 years old -- but it came up when I searched for more information about the canary seed and it occured to me that might happen to someone else.  As I wrote, I have no idea if canary seed works (just got some today), and couldn't even vouch for the claim of the company -- but if someone was interested, there was possibly a seed where the silica not an issue.  Trying to be helpful with information, that's all.  Pointing out that the silica fibers are potentially quite dangerous is important information, so mentioning that there may be a way around that is too.

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Re: Canary seeds & silica

Thanks for the clarification.

 

If you have diabetes would you like to post an introduction on the relevant forum so we can get to know you better?

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Re: Canary seeds

As with most dietary supplements and remedies, there are many stories about canaryseed's potential health benefits. Maintaining a health weight, support of normal health of the heart, blood vessels, liver, kidneys and pancreas have all been attributed to canaryseed.

However, as of yet, scientists have not yet studied how canaryseed might affect human diseases or health conditions. Currently, canaryseed is officially considered a dietary supplement for supporting normal health and body functions,not a medicine or medical treatment.

 

There are, however many anecdotal stories of type 2 diabetics reducing and stabalizing their blood sugar by consuming canary seed.  Canary seed (phalaris canariensis) is also very high in protein and iron and has been used by people looking to lose weight.

 

One thing to keep in mind.  There is "bird food quality" which is not good to take, and there is "Silica Fiber Free" canary seed wich is recommended for human consumption.  The microscopic silica fibers on the hull of bird food quality are similar in structure to needles or shards of glass.  The silica fiber free version was originally developed so that farmers that handled it would not itch!  Funny, but true.

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Re: Canary seeds & silica

 

Silica fibers in bird food quality canary seed... 
Studies of the increased rates of esophageal cancer in Southern Africa, Northeastern Iran, and Northern China have indicated consumption of flour contaminated with canaryseed may be a contributor. The types of canaryseed contaminating these flours have protective hairs (spicules) on the outside of the hull made of 98% silica. The needle-like shape and tiny size of these spicules, similar to asbestos fibers, may contribute to cell damage in the throat that may lead to cancer.  The "silica fiber free" varieties were originally developed so that farmers that handled it would not itch! 

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gadrian wrote:

As with most dietary supplements and remedies, there are many stories

That much we are in agreement on. Beyond that, I lost interest. You provide no background, no sources or cites, just an opinion.

 

If you have diabetes would you like to post an introduction on the relevant forum so we can get to know you better?

Cheers, Alan, Type 2, d&e metformin 2000mg, Australia.
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