Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women with one in eight women expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. There are many factors contributing to the development of this much feared disease and diet is a very important one.
Thankfully, researchers are publishing new research almost on a daily basis on what we can do to reduce our risks of developing the disease, and what we can do to ensure early treatment if diagnosed. A few studies showed that consumption of flaxseeds can prevent and even used as a treatment for breast cancer.
Why Flaxseeds Can Prevent Breast Cancer
I’ve already mentioned the 7 health benefits of flaxseeds and how food can be used to prevent breast cancer.
Flaxseeds contain fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, and a very special ingredient called lignan. Studies reveal that it is most likely the lignans that are responsible for the positive results obtained from studies on flaxseeds for breast cancer treatment and prevention.
Lignans are classified as phytoestrogens and that means that they have a weak estrogenic effect on the body. By acting as an estrogen, phytoestrogens block the estrogen receptors of the body, thereby reducing the amount of natural estrogen that affects cells.
Flaxseeds and Breast Cancer Prevention
According to BreastCancer.org, 80% of breast cancers are estrogen-receptor positive. By interfering with natural estrogen processes in the body, lignans may help to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer, and may even offer additional options for treatment.
In a review published in the journal of Integrated Cancer Therapies, researchers reviewed over 1,800 patient records, 10 studies, 2 controlled trials, and a host of other studies and found that the consumption of flaxseeds may reduce the risk of cancer and may protect against primary breast cancer.
But as mentioned above, flaxseeds are not only helpful for reducing the risks of developing cancer but may offer additional therapy for those patients who are struggling with the disease.