Compelling evidence that consuming phytoestrogen-rich substances like flaxseed can reduce the risk of death from breast cancer by as much as 40%.
The study involved 1140 women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
It seems that foods like flaxseed and sesame seeds introduce plant-derived compounds called lingans into your diet (a type of phytoestrogen). Lingans in turn attach themselves to oestrogen hormones to prevent the growth of further breast cancer tumours.
This is interesting because the use of soya – also a phytoestrogen rich food is still controversial in its association with breast cancer.
So what can you do?
The introduction of flaxseed (aka linseed) into your diet could well be advised, however it’s useful to know that more studies have to be done before people start taking lingan supplements. There are outstanding questions about how lingans are digested in order to become effective in action against oestrogen.
So, as always, the best advice is to maintain a balanced diet. Flaxseed is healthy anyway. It is rich in omega 3 and is known to lower cholesterol and blood pressure and also prevent arthritis. You can try flaxseed with cereals, yoghurt or salads, mixed into mashed potato or baked with bread.