Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Plant lignans might cut breast cancer risk

Plant Compound In Diet Associated With Decreased Risk Of Postmenopausal Breast Cancer ScienceDaily 3/21/07 "Lignans, which are found in flaxseed and a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, belong to a family of compounds called phytoestrogens. Because of their hormone-like properties, phytoestrogens can bind to estrogen receptors, and some have suggested they may play a role in preventing breast cancer. Studies of Asian populations have found that women whose diets contain many foods made of soy, which are rich in another type of phytoestrogen, have a lower breast cancer risk...a 17 percent relative decrease in the risk of breast cancer..."

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