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Flaxseed Reduces Breast Cancer Symptoms and Tumors

Updated on February 26, 2012

The Benefits of Flaxseed

Flaxseed is being hailed as the new miraculous super food, a contention that is supported by a few studies, which have shown that flaxseed could help fight heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer.

So, where does flaxseed come from? Well, as early as 3000 BC in the reign of King Charlemagne, flaxseed was cultivated in the dominion of Babylon. The King was so enthralled by the humble flaxseed, as he witnessed its health benefits, that he passed a law, which decreed that all his subjects must consume flaxseed because of its amazing health benefits. King Charlemagne may not have known about the scientific basis as to why flaxseed was healthy, but research and modern day studies support what the King had surmised all those years ago.

Flaxseed contains many healthy components, but there are three primary ingredients that give flax its potency.

1. Omega-3 essential fatty acids. This is a good, unsaturated fat that has been shown to have great benefits that support a healthy heart. A tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains approximately 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.

2. Lignans, are a group of chemical compounds found in plants, and contains plant estrogen plus antioxidants to the body (good source of food to combat menopausal symptoms). Flaxseed has a high content of lignans, more than any other plant food.

3. Fiber. Flaxseed is made up of soluble and insoluble fiber.

Health Benefits of Flaxseed on Breast Cancer

In recent studies it has been shown that flaxseed has a protective effect against cancer, in particular breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer. It is also one of a handful of foods considered by the National Cancer Institute as a cancer fighting food that is tailor made to attack cancer cells.

There are two components in flaxseed that contribute to fighting cancer; the first is the omega-3 fatty acid that has been found to inhibit tumor incidence and growth, the second is a weak estrogen also known as a lignan, which blocks the estrogen pathway and estrogen booster effect.

Following studies it has been confirmed that these lignans may provide some protection against breast cancers that are sensitive to hormones without interfering with any oral chemotherapy, such as tamoxifen.

Flaxseed is so potent that researchers at the University of Toronto have treated women with breast cancer with it. In fact one researcher Dr. Lilian Thompson gave women flaxseed at the time of diagnosis and witnessed tumors decrease in size in as little as two weeks. Dr Thompson also says that flaxseed not only helps to reduce the risk of breast but confirms that it may also increase survival rates amongst breast cancer patients.


Tips for Using Flaxseed

How much flaxseed should you take? Although the ideal dose has not been decided it is suggested that 25g x 2 daily is sufficient.

It doesn’t matter what type of flaxseed you buy. It could be golden or brown flaxseed as both provide the same beneficial properties.

It is believed by experts that flaxseed is better than flaxseed oil as you obtain all the nutritional components in the flax rather than the oil.

It is important to consume ground flaxseed because breaking the seed’s hard outer coat releases the beneficial elements inside the seed. If you consume flaxseed in its whole form it will pass through the intestinal tract undigested and with no benefits. However, if you can only find whole flax to purchase, you can grind it yourself in an electric coffee grinder.

Add flaxseed to your food. It is so versatile that you can add it to:

  • Yogurt
  • Fruits
  • Fruit juice
  • Casseroles
  • Oatmeal porridge
  • Gravy

You can also add flaxseed to baking bread, muffins, bagels, pancakes and waffles. Simply replace ¼ to ½ a cup of flour with ground flaxseed where the recipe uses 2 or more cups of flour.

Once you have opened your bag of ground flaxseed store it in the refrigerator thereafter. This will prevent the flax from oxidizing and losing its nutritional properties.

Flaxseed Recipes

Flaxseed Cookies


  • 3/4 cups butter
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 corse ground oatmeal
  • 1/2 tbsp baking soda


  • In a medium bowl, mix the butter and sugars until creamy; add flaxseed and fold in. Set aside.
  • In another small bowl, whisk the eggs and vanilla together; add to flax mixture. Fold flax mixture and eggs thoroughly.
  • Sift together the flour, oatmeal and baking soda into the flax mixture, add the egg mixture and combine all together. This should make a thick dough that can be formed into balls with 2 teaspoons.
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF
  • Place balls of dough on baking sheet, press them down lightly leaving about 2" between each cookie.
  • Bake 13 to 15 minutes, keep an eye on them to that the tops do not burn!
  • Remove from the baking tray and place on a wire rack until cool.

Creamy Oatmeal


  • 2oz Oatmeal
  • 4oz Semi-skimmed milk
  • 2oz Evaporated milk
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tsps sugar or sweetner


In a pan pour in milk

Add oatmeal, nutmeg and essence

Stir ingredients in the pan and put on a medium heat

It is important to continually stir the oatmeal until it starts to thicken

When is begins to thicken add the evaporated milk – continue to stir for 2-3 minutes

If mixture gets too thick add a little water until it reaches the consistency you like

Poor oatmeal mixture into a bowl and add sugar to taste

Fruit Salad


  • 1 Apple diced
  • 1 Pear diced
  • 1 tin peach slices in fruit juice
  • 4 strawberries
  • 4 heaped tbsps Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tbsps flaxseed


Dice apple and pear

Empty peaches into a bowl and dice the slices into 4 chunks

Add the diced apple and pear to the bowl of diced peaches and turn them in the juice

Cut strawberries in half and add to the rest of the fruits

Divide bowl into 2 bowls

Top with Greek yogurt and

1 tbsp of flaxseed to each bowl

Banana Flax Smoothie


  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 250ml Greek Yogurt
  • 50ml Almond Milk
  • 2 tbsps ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup


Cut banana in 2inch slices

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth

Place in fridge for 15 minutes to chill and then serve

Remember you can also sprinke ground flaxseed on your:

  • cereal
  • a small tub of fruit yogurt
  • Toasted bread and jam, marmalade or plain butter or
  • a glass of orange juice
  • **Add 1 tablespoon to the above recommendations**

Daily Intake

  • Daily intake to prevent and reduce breast cancers is 25mg - 2 to 3 times

Warning: Initially start using flaxseed in increments as too much in one day could cause a stomach upset because your body is not used to receiving this supplement.

It is important to drink plenty of water as whole flaxseed is a fiber that absorbs water and can cause blockage to the bowels. Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day whether you are consuming ground or whole flaxseed.

Try using:

  • 25mg x 1 - on day 1
  • 25mg x 2 - on day 2 (spread the time at a 6 hourly interval)
  • 25mg x 2 - on day 3
  • 25mg x 2 - on day 4
  • 25mg x 2 - on day 5
  • 25mg x 3 - on day 6 (spread the time at 4 hourly intervals)
  • 25mg x 3 - on day 6 (spread the time at 4 hourly intervals)


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    • editorsupremo profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from London, England

      cloverleaffarm, thanks for that additional info about what consuming whole flaxseed can do. I shall add it to the hub. Drink lots and lots of water!!

      Oh, peanut butter flaxseed cookies are delicious!

    • cloverleaffarm profile image

      Healing Herbalist 

      6 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Nice Hub. I will add that if you eat too much flax seed without grinding it, it can cause bowel blockage. The seeds swell with water, and take out too much water from the bowels. Be sure to drink lots of fluid when adding flax seeds or any fiber to your diet.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

      PS. They have peanut butter with flax seed in it. Great for making peanut butter cookies.


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