Postmenopausal women who consume diets rich in a plant chemicals called lignans have a lower risk of breast cancer. A review of 21 studies from the German Cancer Research Center in Neherberg, Germany found that postmenopausal women with high lignan intakes in their diets were 14% less likely to develop breast cancer when compared to women who consumed diets low in lignans. Other studies have shown that diets high in lignans also reduce risk of ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer. (The endometrium is the lining of the uterus.) So, we can see that a high lignan diet impacts the estrogen related cancers in women.
Lignans are a type of plant estrogen and a fat soluble antioxidant that is found in high concentrations in flax seeds, sesame seeds and in smaller amounts of fruits, vegetables such as kale and broccoli, whole grains and legumes such as soybeans. Plant lignans are the principal source of phytoestrogens in the diets of people who do not typically consume soy foods.
Flaxseed is by far the richest dietary source of plant lignans, and lignan bioavailability can be improved by crushing or milling flaxseed. Lignans are not associated with the oil fraction of foods, so flaxseed oils do not typically provide lignans unless ground flaxseed has been added to the oil.
Researchers at the University of Alabama School of Medicine found that lignan rich soy helps postmenopausal women lose weight…
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Add whole flax seeds, ground flax seed meal, sesame seeds and whole sesame butter ( not tahini) to your diet.
I consume a lot of flax seed and flax seed oil. Great anti-inflamatory and source of omega 3’s.
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