More and more scientists and nutritionists are paying attention to anticancer diet which can not only prevent some cases of breast cancer but can also help women to survive breast cancer after classical treatment (surgery chemotherapy and radiotherapy).
All above mentioned accumulated knowledge could prevent millions of breast cancer cases and this is why it is so important to become a part of Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month (usually in October) which usually provides the most advanced information about breast cancer prevention, treatment and survival tools. It is important to highlight that women can take care of their health by selecting and consuming more cancer fighting foods.
Today we would like to discuss a new discovery about flaxceed. According to new meta-analysis on flaxseed and breast cancer published in the journal Integrative Cancer Therapy (2013), flax may be associated with decreased risk of breast cancer. According to this study, flaxceed benefits could play a crucial role in new cases of breast cancer because flaxceed can:
Increase apoptosis (cell death, so called “cancer suicide”) in the tumor;
Decrease breast cancer proliferation;
Decrease HER2 expression (factor associated with breast cancer malignancy, with the development and progression of certain aggressive types of breast cancer).
Flaxseed was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC. At that time people believed in the health benefits of flaxseed – even in VIII century King Charlemagne who tried to keep population healthy, declared the law requiring all “citizens” to consume flaxceed.
There are no doubts that flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components but the most important once are:
Flaxseed for breast cancer
Omega-3 essential fatty acids (“good” fats) – in animal studies it was demonstrated that plant omega-3 fatty acid found in flaxseed inhibits tumor incidence and growth;
Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities – lignans may help protect against cancer by blocking enzymes that are involved in hormone metabolism and interfering with the growth and spread of tumor cells;
Fiber (flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types) – studies suggest that high amounts of fiber may prevent breast cancer by binding to estrogen.
Nowadays scientists suggest that the consumption of flaxseed could:
Decrease the risk of primary breast cancer by 18%;
“Current evidence suggests that flax may be associated with decreased risk of breast cancer. Flax demonstrates antiproliferative effects in breast tissue of women at risk of breast cancer and may protect against primary breast cancer. Mortality risk may also be reduced among those living with breast cancer.”
Gillian Flower and coauthors, 2013, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
These findings, of course, are extremely valuable to women but flaxseed is actually only one of hundreds of natural foods, spices and substances that have proven anti-breast cancer activity. Check ALL in chapter “ANTICANCER”.
Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to consult your doctor for professional advice. Above mentioned information and recommendations are just general and should be adapted to each person according to personal health indicators and status.