A new study published in the March 21st, 2007 issue of the Journal of the
National Cancer Institute provides strong support for Lignans? ability to
protect women from hormonally dependent breast cancers.
Phytoestrogens are plant polyphenols that resemble estrogen and because of this
they help protect the body from out of control hormonal activity. In fact, many
of these powerful antioxidants have ability to decrease the risk of hormone
related cancers of the breast and prostate. The three families of Phytoestrogens
are the Isoflavones found in beans and grains (especially soy), the Stilbenes of
which Resveratrol from red grapes is the best known, and the Lignans that are
mostly found in seeds such as Flaxseed and Sesame Seed.
In this massive study French researchers crunched data concerning breast cancer
occurrence and Lignan intake in 58,409 postmenopausal women who were followed
for 7-8 years on average. None of the women were taking a source of soy
isoflavones. Total Lignan intake in women consuming the most Lignans vs. the
least decreased the risk of estrogen or progesterone dependent breast cancer by
28% and even these women did not achieve the level of Lignan intake used in
controlled studies with Lignan supplements. Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.;
Last year a study published in the June 2006 issue of the European Journal of
Cancer Prevention shows that a high blood level of enterolactone (this is what
Flax Lignans are converted into) was connected to a 62% decreased risk of breast
cancer in premenopausal women.
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