The Role of Flaxseed Oil in Preventing Breast Cancer
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 Ross Pelton, Ph.D., author of Preventing Breast Cancer the largest misconception amongst women is that if they do not have a family history of breast cancer, they are at low risk. This myth is simply untrue. 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 ncludes lumpectomy (partial removal of the breast), mastectomy (total removal of the breast), chemotherapy, and radiation. While these are sometimes effective in ameliorating the disease, the results of standard medical treatment alone can be devastating to the psyche of women and to their overall health. In this light, an aggressive preventative approach appears to be the most humane and effective means of controlling the escalating rate of breast cancer.
NATURES ANSWER TO BREAST CANCER
Women consuming llgnan~rich flaxseed oil products generally report a reduction in breast tenderness, bloating, hot flashes, and other symptoms related to PMS and menopause. Lignans in flaxseed also regulate women's menstruaJ cycles. In one study, women consuming lignans in flaxseed did not miss a single cycle, compared to the control group that missed several cycles. In addition to the lignans' anti-tumor and estrogen-mimicking capabilities, they have also been found to be powerful antioxidants, possessing anti-viral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
The cancer-protective effects of flax seed do not stop here. Flaxseed oil has also been studied 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 who had the misfortune of contracting breast cancer, the women with the highest levels of Omega-3 in their 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 who are currently battling breast cancer and wishing to prevent metastasis.
Many women report the unexpected benefits 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.
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 flaxseed oil's limited shelf life, 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 are quality manufactured ensure you that the oil was gently expeller pressed without filtration or refinement. These oils are made to order for health food stores and sent manufacturer direct, arriving just days after being made.
BENEFITS OF LIGNAN RICH FLAXSEED OIL
RECOMMENDED DAILY DOSAGE
Ross Pelton, Ph.D., recommends that every woman, regardless of familial history of breast cancer, consume at least one tablespoon of "lignan ricV' flaxseed oil a day as a major preventative measure against the disease. A breast cancer sup port group in Sacramento California has taken his advice in an effort to prevent reoccurrence and metastasis of breast can cer. A
JADE BEUTLER, R.R.T., R.C.P., 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. His research has culminated in two newly released books, Understanding Fats and Oils, Your Guide to Healing with Essential Fatty Acids and Flax For Life.
Flax Oil and Unsaturated Fats
Dr. Johanna Budwig, nominated for a Nobel Prize seven times for her work on fats and healing, notes that cancer, heart Infarction, diabetes, skin ailments, kidney, liver and gall bladder disease, as well as behavioral problems and sexual maturation are linked to Impaired fat metabolism. This has resulted from the body's Inability to assimilate fat due to the suffocating presence of commercially pro cessedfatsand oils-and the lackof highly unsaturated fats In the diet. Unsaturated fats are found In flax seed and several other oils.
(Flax Oil as an Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction Cancer and 0ther Diseases, Dr. Johanna Budwig, Apple Publishing:1 370 E. Georgia St. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V51. 2A8,$5.95 plus shipping.)
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