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Breast Cancer Prevention

October is breast cancer awareness month, but as Dr. Joel Fuhrman wrote yesterday, all women (and most men) are already fully-aware of breast cancer, so why isn't it breast cancer PREVENTION month? Good point, Doctor!

There are several things that women can do to reduce their risk of cancer. Key among them are:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Lose weight and maintain a healthy weight
  • Don't drink alcohol, or at least limit alcohol to no more than one drink a day
  • If you're a mom, breastfeed your baby
The American Institute for Cancer Research has lots of information about breast cancer at http://www.aicr.org/learn-more-about-cancer/breast-cancer/

Another thing that may help prevent breast cancer are plant lignans. These are substances that have the effect of blocking the effect of estrogen in the body, a hormone that is implicated in the development of breast cancer. 

One of the best sources of plant lignans is flax seed. Because they are such a hard seed, flax seeds need to be ground up to make them digestible. Ground flax seed goes well sprinkled on oat meal or breakfast cereal, or added to smoothies. Or just add it to anything you like - it's nutty flavor goes fine on a salad too. The recommended daily quantity of flax seed is 2 Tbsp. 

Flax seed is also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, essential for good heart and brain health.

I get my ground flax seed from Amazon with a "subscribe and save" monthly standing order. It's organic and comes as a 4-pack. Why not order some yourself today and start loading your diet up with plant lignans and omega-3 fatty acids.

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