Flaxseed in Cancer Reduction
Source: Jennifer Adolphe, PhD, RD and Kelley Fitzpatrick, MSc
Flaxseed is rich in nutrients that support a healthy lifestyle: omega-3 fatty acids, soluble fibre, and lignans. This publication reviews the scientific literature and provides an overview of the nutritional benefits of ground flaxseed in regards to cancer reduction.
- Flaxseed contains three components that protect against cancer: lignans, alpha-linolenic acid, and dietary fibre.
- Dietary lignan intake is associated with a decreased risk of developing postmenopausal breast cancer.
- Alpha-linolenic acid possesses anti-inflammatory properties and may help to suppress the growth, size and proliferation of breast cancer cells.
- High fibre intake is associated with decreased cancer mortality.