Flaxseeds may reduce risk of BREAST CANCER, study suggests trends now

Flaxseeds may reduce risk of BREAST CANCER, study suggests trends now
Flaxseeds may reduce risk of BREAST CANCER, study suggests trends now

Flaxseeds may reduce risk of BREAST CANCER, study suggests trends now

Flaxseeds - usually sprinkled on acai bowls or mixed in smoothies - may reduce the risk of developing breast cancer, a study suggests.

Researchers in Nebraska and Canada gave female mice a solution of flaxseed oil, which contains lignans, a compound found in fiber-rich foods like grains, seeds, nuts, and drinks like coffee. 

They found it triggered a relationship between the gut microbiome and mammary gland microRNAs (miRNAs), which are linked to breast cancer cell growth. 

Rodents given the flaxseed oil were less likely to develop breast cancer.

In the new study, the lignans in flaxseed oil were shown to positively reduce the chance of cancer cells growing in the mammary glands, leading to a lower likelihood of developing breast cancer

In the new study, the lignans in flaxseed oil were shown to positively reduce the chance of cancer cells growing in the mammary glands, leading to a lower likelihood of developing breast cancer

The researchers said that these findings could lead to new dietary recommendations for preventing breast cancer, the most common cancer in the US, affecting nearly 300,000 American women ever year. 

Dr Elena M Comelli, study author and assistant professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, said: 'If these findings are confirmed, the microbiota becomes a new target to prevent breast cancer through dietary intervention.'

Past research has shown that lignans have anti-inflammatory properties and cause the body to produce less estrogen, leading to a lower risk of breast cancer. 

The researchers fed a solution of flaxseed lignans to female mice for three weeks and found that they triggered a reaction in the cecal gut, a pouch-like part of the colon that separates the small and large intestine. 

When the flaxseed enters the gut microbiome - a network of bacteria that live in the digestive tract and help us fight

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