Dec 11, 2017 #FlaxFAQ: Does flaxseed help with prostate health?

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Q. Does flaxseed help with prostate health?
A: Prostate cancer is a leading type of cancer diagnosed in men. Sex hormones (estrogen and testosterone) play key roles in the development and progression of prostate cancer by increasing production of new cancer cells, spreading the cancer to other organs, and promoting the growth of new blood vessels that support the spread of the cancer. The lignans in flaxseed are a type of phytoestrogen, which can affect the activity of estrogen and testosterone in our bodies and may help to prevent cancers such as prostate cancer. 

Flaxseed is a rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Some research has suggested that diets high in ALA are associated with increased risk of prostate cancer, but more recent studies have not found this link. More research is still needed to confirm if flaxseed can help to prevent prostate cancer or provide additional therapeutic benefit for men undergoing prostate cancer treatment. If you have prostate cancer or may be at risk of developing the disease, it is advisable to speak to your healthcare professional before increasing sources of plant based omega-3 fatty acids.