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Friday, November 24, 2006

Another Reason to Reach for Flax

Granted one of my favorite books I’ve written is all about adding ground flaxseed to your day (THE FLAX COOKBOOK), but truly more and more research continues to come out positioning ground flaxseed as one of those extra special health promoting foods that has been put on the planet.

When I wrote my flaxseed book several years ago, some people thought that I was “jumping the gun”…that I should wait until there was more evidence. But I thought there was enough information to say, “Hey, check this seed out, It’s got some amazing things going for it and it’s easy to add it to your daily diet.” I was writing a book/cookbook on the nutrition and health attributes of ground flaxseed along with 100 tips of buying, storing, using ground flaxseed, along with close to 100 fun recipes for ground flaxseed.

I could tell reading the research several years ago that flaxseed had some synergy within–which means the components within flaxseed seem to work together for maximum health benefit. Well, now there is some evidence that flaxseed may have synergy with another food–soy!

*****Help Fight Breast Cancer With Flaxseed & Soybeans*****

There is current controversy regarding the use of soy by breast cancer patients but the combination of soy and flaxseed may be more beneficial than soy alone in controlling human breast cancer growth in postmenopausal women with low estrogen levels. Soy has been suggested as having an unfavorable tumor-promoting effect in late-stage breast cancer and flaxseed was even shown to weaken this effect, according to a recent study with mice. And after another rodent study testing the breakdown products from the lignans in flaxseed in combination with the primary isoflavone (a phytoestrogen) in soy (called genistein), flaxseed researcher, Lilian Thompson PhD, from the University of Toronto, concluded that combining soy and flaxseed may be more protective against breast cancer, particularly in postmenopausal women with low estrogen levels. In this case, the two are better than one!


Related Topics: Easy Add-Ins to Boost Nutrition, Confetti Rice Pilaf With Toasted Flaxseed Recipe

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Posted by: Elaine Magee, RD at 6:37 am

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