Cancer proofing your diet can be complicated. Especially when there is so much conflicting information out there. That’s why it’s always important to go back to the research literature, instead of relying on popular opinion when it comes to cancer and diet. Recently, several people have asked me about Flaxseeds, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and uterine or endometrial cancer. Seems that some people are starting to say that combining Flaxseeds with these cancer types is dangerous and should be avoided.
Based on Cancer Research, I completely disagree with the fear around flax seeds with hormone sensitive cancers. Let’s talk about why…
Estrogen Receptors and Flaxseeds
Yes, flaxseeds stimulate estrogen receptors. For some people, that’s enough to completely avoid flaxseeds. But, here’s a shocker…estrogen receptors aren’t all bad! You see, we have two main types of Estrogen Receptors (that we can measure right now), Estrogen Receptor Alpha and Estrogen Receptor Beta
Estrogen Receptor Alpha: linked to increased abnormal cell growth and cancer growth, including breast cancer, endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, and colon cancer.
Estrogen Receptor Beta: linked to reducing abnormal cell growth, stimulation blocks cancer growth. This receptor site is used to block breast cancer growth via the drug tamoxifen. Natural supplements like melatonin and Flaxseeds also stimulate Estrogen Receptor Beta.
Flaxseeds Could Block Breast Cancer Growth
As far as we can tell in human clinical data, Flax Seeds seem to block breast cancer cell growth. In one study, women ate 25 grams of Flaxseeds daily while waiting for their breast cancer surgery. When their pathology reports were compared to women who didn’t eat flax seeds prior to surgery, they had less aggressive tumors according to pathology reports.
What does that mean? When their breast cancer tumors were looked at under the microscope and in the lab, their tumors were less aggressive and showed more cancer death.
How do I apply this in my clinic? When I see women in my clini