How Flaxseeds Can Prevent and Kill Breast Cancer

How Flaxseeds Can Prevent and Kill Breast Cancer
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Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women with one in eight women[1] 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.

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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.[2] 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.

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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.[3]

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.

Flaxseeds as Breast Cancer Treatment

In a clinical trial on flaxseeds published in the journal of Clinical Cancer Research[4], patients were given a muffin containing flaxseeds or a muffin without the flaxseeds for a twelve-week period. The patients who received the flaxseed muffin had increased apoptosis and decreased cell proliferation in their breast cancer.

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Apoptosis is the process that describes cancer cell death rate. Apoptosis is important in cancer because generally, cancer cells live far longer than normal cells. Proliferation is the term used to describe the growth of the tumor. Cancer cells proliferate quickly, which is why cancer tumors grow and spread so fast. The study therefore concluded that 25 g of flaxseeds (2.5 tablespoons) daily increased the rate at which cancer cells died and decreased the speed at which the cancer cells multiplied.

Flaxseeds may also play a role in decreasing mortality rates in breast cancer patients. In a study on 300 breast cancer patients done over a span of twenty three years, researchers found that women with higher lignans lived longer.[5]

Flaxseeds therefore potentially protect against cancer, reduce primary breast cancer, and may even offer you a natural way to support your breast cancer treatment. For those suffering from breast cancer, it is important to discuss supplementation and diet with your oncologist.

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How to Consume Flaxseeds

It is important to realize that flaxseeds need to be ground in order to take full advantage of their health benefits, as when eaten whole they are more likely to pass through the intestinal tract undigested. You can grind the flaxseeds using a coffee or spice grinder.

Flaxseed is also one of the superfoods mentioned in my e-book about superfoods which is part of the Natural Health Revolution Program. This program will help you to achieve your health, nutrition and weight loss goals.

Read my other related posts:
Only 2 Servings a Week of This Food Could Protect You from Breast Cancer
5 Unconventional Signs of Breast Cancer that Most Women Ignore
5 Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know About Mammograms
The Best 7 Foods for Breast Cancer Prevention

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23 Responses to How Flaxseeds Can Prevent and Kill Breast Cancer

  1. Iryna Sorokina says:

    Hi,
    Can you please describe more how to use them. They supposed to be fresh or dark, how to make them, how long to use, what time to take etc. Will be really nice and helpful if you can do that.
    Regards,
    Iryna.

    • Jenny says:

      Flaxseeds should be eaten ground for better nutritional absorption. Flaxseed is a great source of fiber but whole flax seeds pass right through the body without being digested. Flaxseeds lose potency relatively quickly so best to keep them in the fridge. It doesn’t matter when you consume them – they can be added to smoothies, sprinkled on yogurt or oatmeal, sprinkled on your salad, or sprinkled over a toast and a spread, added to breads or muffins etc. You can also use ground flaxseed and water as a replacement for eggs. For one egg, the ratio is one tablespoon of flax seed to three tablespoons of water. You can eat flaxseeds as part of your daily nutrition.

    • Agnes Del Rosario says:

      Where can we get or buy this flaxseeds?? What’s its name in the Philippines??

      • Jenny says:

        Flaxseed are sometimes called linseed. They are available supermarkets or grocery stores.

      • Wanda says:

        If you are unable to locate them in your local health food or grocery store, or Walmart type store, you can always order on-line from Amazon.com, or a variety of on-line sites (VitaCost.com, iHerb.com, etc)

  2. julie sheldon says:

    what about flaxseed oil/?

    • Jenny says:

      I can’t tell you for sure as the last study specifically talk about flaxseeds and not flaxseed oil. For more detailed information, please refer to the resources that will point you to the original studies.

  3. malou perez says:

    Where can i buy flaxseed?

  4. leonila ledesma says:

    where can we find or get flaxseeds?

  5. Raghbendra Shrestha says:

    my mother is having pain near breast. Doctor said that the nerve has swollen. So does flaxseeds help too? And is it favourable for all ages?

    • Jenny says:

      The research was done in the context of flaxseed and breast cancer, although flaxseeds have many other health benefits which you can read about here. It is suitable to consume for all ages.

  6. Charles says:

    It is a proven fact that if women would take just 200 micrograms of Selenium a day, it would decrease the chance of breast cancer but a whopping 85%.
    Check out http://www.youtube.com/drglidden and watch the videos.

  7. ehmily esperanza says:

    did have a flaxseed here in the philippines?.

  8. Janet says:

    Please send the pictures of the flax seeds because we all call them different names depending on our countries of origin. Tnxs

  9. Sandra chavez says:

    Is thier a possibility to have a breastcancer eventhough i have breastfeeding with my baby right now..?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I have read that while it is rare, a very small percentage of women develop breast cancer during lactation. Read more about it here.

  10. Ruby Arif says:

    Means if your cancer stage is primary, u can avoid or skip the surgery?? If it kills the cancer cells means u will be free of cancer?? Please explain.

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      The studies mentioned in the article concluded that 25 g of flaxseeds (2.5 tablespoons) daily increased the rate at which cancer cells died and decreased the speed at which the cancer cells multiplied.
      Flaxseeds may also play a role in decreasing mortality rates in breast cancer patients. In a study on 300 breast cancer patients done over a span of twenty three years, researchers found that women with higher lignans lived longer.

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