Flaxseeds contain lignans, a different class of phytoestrogens. These are fiber compounds that can bind to estrogen receptors. Possibly, they help reduce menopausal symptoms and at the same time interfere with the carcinogenic effects of estrogen on breast tissue. Clinical studies in both premenopausal and postmenopausal women show that flaxseed can improve the body's ability to metabolize estrogen in a manner associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer. The best and by far the easiest way to gain the benefits of flaxseed is to use FortiFlax from Barlean's Organic Oils. This product is available at most health food stores; it contains ground flaxseeds in a special nitrogen-flushed container for maximum freshness. Grinding makes flaxseed lignans more bioavailable. Take 1 or 2 tablespoons daily. It can be easily added to foods like salads, smoothies, spreads, and yogurt.
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