Latka wrote: princeofsin: Interesting! Where did you find that out? I am convinced that a lot of my health problems stem from being estrogen dominant so I would like to avoid estrogen producing foods but am not sure what those are? I did not know this of flax seeds and have been using it a little bit daily. But I have also not managed to lessen the inflammation in my body (caused by high estrogen, I presume). Is reducing estrogen a matter of consuming more omega 3 and less omega 6 for example?
Any links/info you could share where I can find out more what foods to avoid, and what to have?
Part of article:
Recent studies have suggested that flaxseed may have a protective effect against cancer, particularly breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer. At least two of the components in flaxseed seem to contribute, says Kelley C. Fitzpatrick, MSc, director of health and nutrition with the Flax Council of Canada.
In animal studies, the plant omega-3 fatty acid found in flaxseed, called ALA, inhibited tumor incidence and growth.
Further, the lignans in flaxseed may provide some protection against cancers that are sensitive to hormones without interfering with the breast cancer drug tamoxifen. Some studies have suggested that exposure to lignans during adolescence helps reduce the risk of breast cancer and may also increase the survival of breast cancer patients, Thompson says.
Lignans may help protect against cancer by:
Blocking enzymes that are involved in hormone metabolism.
Interfering with the growth and spread of tumor cells.
Some of the other components in flaxseed also have antioxidant properties, which may contribute to protection against cancer and heart disease.