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.