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 and Cancer Reduction

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  • 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.