Thursday, May 20, 2010
Lignans have Breast Health Benefits
As you guys know I start my morning with a tablespoon of ground flaxseeds in my oatmeal or smoothie depending on the weather. Here is another reason to eat your flaxseeds. According to this abstract the lignans in flaxseeds may reduce breast cancer risk in post menopausal women by reducing estrogen. Additionally there seems to be link to a reduction in prostate, hair loss, skin cancer, colon cancer and blood sugar. Those are all good reasons to add a little flax to our food, in my opinion. This is the main reason I prefer flaxseeds to chia seeds for the lignans.
From other things I have read a tablespoon or two of ground flaxseed per day seems to be enough to provide benefits. That is very easy to add to your morning cereal, smoothie or sprinkle on your salad. You can always add raw flax crackers as well.
On a related note when I was in Costco last week the 2 pound bag of milled organic flax (pictured above) was priced at $4.79 which I think is lower than I saw it previously. If you belong to Costco you may want to look for it at your store.
This morning for breakfast I was craving strawberry banana yogurt. Of course I didn’t have it but that was what was stuck in my head. Instead I had oatmeal with cinnamon, flax, strawberries and banana slices. This was an excellent combination. I have no idea why I didn’t try this sooner.