In this brief but informative Q & A, pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm answers questions about lignans, little known breast cancer fighting agents found in everyday foods.
Q: What exactly are lignans?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Lignans are chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants. They are strongly associated with fibrous foods, including flaxseed, brassica vegetables, and sesame seeds. Lignans are also found in lower – but still beneficial – amounts in red wines.
Q: What is the best source of lignans?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Flaxseed offers 0.3 grams of lignans per 100 grams of seeds. This is 10x more than its nearest competitor, sesame seeds.