Phytoestrogens May Offset the Risks of Postmenopausal Breast Cancer

Phytoestrogens May Offset the Risks of Postmenopausal Breast Cancer

Soybeans, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds consumption might decrease postmenopausal breast cancer risk

Phytoestrogens are nonsteroidal chemicals found in plants.

Phytoestrogens structurally resemble the estrogens and may influence the possibility of breast cancer by mimicking estrogenic/antiestrogenic characteristics.

In Western societies, whole grains and maybe soy foods too, contain an abundance of phytoestrogens. A German population of postmenopausal women was used to evaluate the association of phytoestrogen-rich foods and dietary fiber from sunflower and pumpkin seeds with breast cancer risk.

Dietary data were collected using a validated food-frequency questionnaire, which included additional questions phytoestrogen-rich foods. Associations were assessed.

Results indicate towards a proof regarding a decreased postmenopausal breast cancer risk linked to high intake of sunflower and pumpkin seeds and soybeans.

Source: Zaineddin AK, Buck K, Vrieling A, Heinz J, Flesch-Janys D, Linseisen J, Chang-Claude J. Nutr Cancer. 2012;64(5):652-65. doi: 10.1080/01635581.2012.683227. Epub 2012 May 16.

Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

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