how flaxseed fights cancer

How Flaxseed Fights Cancer (And How Much You Need)

by Kelley Herring on December 6, 2012

Don’t let the diminutive size of flaxseed fool you. Packed with a group of nutrients called lignans, these tiny seeds pack a powerful punch against breast cancer.

How Flaxseed Fights Cancer: The Magic of Lignans

So, how do they do it?  Lignans work like a sponge—coursing through the body and mopping up circulating estrogens that can encourage certain cancers to grow.

A recent Canadian study evaluated the effects of flaxseed on patients with breast cancer. The patients were divided into two groups; one group received a single flaxseed muffin a day with 25 grams of ground flaxseed, while the other group ate no flax. The researchers found the patients eating the flax muffin experienced a significant slow in cancer growth, while those not noshing the flax saw no change.

Flaxseed: Getting the Most

Because lignans are locked beneath the tough exterior of flaxseed, your body can’t tap into their power unless you grind them. Sprinkle a heaping tablespoon of ground flaxseed on organic yogurt or grain-free cereal, or stir into your favorite healthy gluten free muffin recipes.

 

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About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

Kelley Herring – who has written posts on Healing Gourmet.


References 
Thompson LU, Chen JM, Li T, Strasser-Weippl K, Goss PE. Dietary flaxseed alters tumor biological markers in postmenopausal breast cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2005 May 15;11(10):3828-35. Links

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