FAQ: What are lignans?

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Answer

Lignans are natural antioxidants that reduce the activity of cell-damaging free radicals, slow the aging process, and increase overall wellness. Flaxseed contains up to 800 times more lignans than other plant sources, such as whole grains and legumes. Besides acting as antioxidants, lignans are phytoestrogens — active substances derived from plants that mimic the action of estrogen hormones in the body. Research continues to show the potential of lignans for treating menopausal symptoms without traditional drugs and reducing the risk of hormone-sensitive cancers of the breast, prostate, and endometrium. Lignans are especially important for women as studies have shown that they may decrease the risk of breast cancer, as well as minimize cancer symptoms, and reduce the spread and growth of breast cancer after diagnosis. Lignans also possess powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties associated with a lower risk of artery-clogging plaques. Lignans also have been found effective in lowering the risk of type 1 and 2 diabetes.