November 09, 2017 Flaxseed in Cancer Reduction

Source: Jennifer Adolphe, PhD, RD and Kelley Fitzpatrick, MSc   |  Category: Resource

Flaxseed in Cancer Reduction
By 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.

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