|Preventing Breast Cancer|
|Preventing Breast Cancer with Flaxseed Oil|
The threat of breast cancer has become a national health concern. It is estimated that one in eight women will now be afflicted with this potentially disfiguring and sometimes fatal disease. According to Dr. Ross Pelton, author of Preventing Breast Cancer, the largest misconception among women is that if they do not have a family history of breast cancer, they are at low risk. This myth is simply untrue. Dr. Pelton elaborates in stating that the majority of newly diagnosed cases of breast cancer are in women with no family history of the disease.
While mammography and self-examination are effective tools in detecting the presence of a lump, a cancer may be present for as long as four years, undetectable by palpation or X-ray before detection. Standard medical treatment for breast cancer includes lumpectomy (partial removal of the breast), mastectomy (total removal of the breast), chemotherapy and radiation. Although sometimes effective in improving the condition of the patients, the results of these standard medical treatments alone can be devastating to the psyche of women and their overall health. In this light, an aggressive preventative approach appears to be the most humane and effective means in controlling the escalating rate of breast cancer.
Nature's Answer to Breast Cancer
The National Cancer Institute has begun to focus on diet as a preventative measure to avoid certain cancers. It has been found that certain fruits, vegetables and grains possess potent cancer-fighting and protective compounds known as phytonutrients (naturally occurring and non-toxic plant chemicals).
Perhaps the most powerful phytonutrient plant food discovered to date is flaxseed. This ancient grain contains a phytonutrient called lignan, that once ingested is converted to compounds that compete with estrogen for binding sites in estrogen receptors. The net result is a flushing of excess estrogen (linked to high incidence of colon and breast cancer) from the body. Potentially, lignans may someday replace the need for traditional hormone therapy in postmenopausal women due to the fact that they resemble estrogen on the receptor site, but without the potential risks of estrogen therapy.
Women consuming lignan-rich flaxseed oil products generally report a reduction in breast tenderness, bloating, hot flashes and other symptoms related to premenstrual syndrome and menopause. Lignans in flaxseed also regulate women's menstrual cycle, compared to a control group that missed several cycles. In addition to lignan's anti-tumor and estrogen mimicking capabilities, they have also been found to be powerful antioxidants that possess anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.
The cancer-protective effects of flaxseed do not end with lignans. Flaxseed oil has also been studies for its possible preventative and protective effects against breast and other cancers. A study of 120 women revealed that those with the highest breast tissue content of an omega-3 fatty acid found most abundantly in flaxseed oil had the lowest incidence of breast cancer. Of the women in the test group that had the misfortune of contracting breast cancer, the women with the highest omega-3 in breast tissue also had the lowest incidence of metastasis (cancer spreading from breast to other vital tissues and organs). This fact may offer hope for women that are currently battling breast cancer and wishing to prevent metastasis.
In addition to flaxseed oil's ability to fight cancer, many women report the unexpected benefit of improved nail strength, improved skin texture and appearance, lustrous shiny hair and lack of cravings for fat laden and junk foods when supplementing their diet with flaxseed oil.
Choosing the Right Product
To appreciate the dual protective effect of lignans and flaxseed oil, it is imperative that consumers recognize and purchase the right products. Flaxseed oil is typically found in the refrigerated section of the supplements department in your favorite health food store. Look for flaxseed oil products that are labeled as "Lignan Rich." Due to the limited shelf life of flaxseed oil, it is important that you choose products with both a "pressing date" and a "best before" date that does not exceed a four month span. Flaxseed oil products that have been "fresh expressed" ensure that the oil was gently expeller pressed without filtration or refinement. Fresh expressed oils are made to order for health food stores and sent manufacturer-direct, arriving just days after being made.
Recommended Daily Dosage
Dr. Pelton recommends that every woman, regardless of familial history of breast cancer consume at least one tablespoon of "Lignan Rich" flaxseed oil a day as a major preventative measure against the disease. A breast cancer support group in Sacramento, Calif. has taken Dr. Peltons's advice in an effort to prevent reoccurrence and metastasis (spreading) of breast cancer.
Mr. Jade Beutler is a licensed health care practitioner with over a decade of hospital and clinical experience in adult and neonatal intensive care, pediatric and emergency medicine. He has devoted the last eight years to an intensive study of health and nutrition. He has culminated his research in two newly released books, Understanding Fats and Oils, Your Guide to Healing with Essential Fatty Acids and Flax for Life.
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Lignans in Flaxseed Possess:
Estrogen mimicking effect
without the risks associated with
Powerful antioxidant capabilities
Benefits of Lignan-Rich Flaxseed Oil
Prevention of estrogen-related cancers
Prevention of metastasis of cancerous tumors
Reduction in hot flashes
Reduction in bloating
Reduction in breast tenderness
Regulation of menstrual cycle
Improved nail strength
Improvement in skin texture and appearance
Improvement in hair sheen and appearance
Lack of cravings for fat laden and junk foods