What is a lignan is a subject for everyone; make sure you are eating them every day for protection against the chronic degenerative diseases.
What is a lignan is not a question many folk will be asking; yet everyone and especially women should have at least a cursory knowledge about these polyphenols. They have a steroid-like structure very similar to female oestrogen.
There is strong research that by binding to sites on the breast they compete with circulating oestrogen and reduce the prevalence of malignant tumours; that is not small beer.
The chickpeas used to make hummus are a particularly good source of lignans.
Scientists call these polyphenol compounds bioactive; that means that exhibit the ability to help prevent inflammation and malignant tumours. They are also anti-oxidants, helping to mop up the free-radicals that can damage our genes.
In short everyone who wants to live a long and active life should make sure they are getting food that is rich in lignans on a daily basis. Researchers have found they reduce the prevalence of heart attacks and strokes too, the number-one killers.
Lignans are found in many whole foods but flax and sesame are by far the richest source. Enjoying a blend of nuts and seeds every day is one simple way to make sure you have full protection. You can spread them on your breakfast cereal or put them into a smoothie.
However there are many different categories of polyphenols and it behooves us all to make certain we are enjoying a wide range of coloured foods; you have probably heard of flavonoids like beta-carotene and lutein that are so important in preserving our eyesight.
"Habitual Western diets have low lignan intakes."
- Nutritional Review
So it comes as no surprise that the prevalence of malignant breast tumors is soaring amongst those relying on typical supermarket food which is so refined.
Hummus is a mixture primarily of chickpeas and sesame seeds, both very rich sources of lignans. Once you've got your hand in you can make it very cheaply in own kitchen in just five minutes.
100% wholemeal flour is a very rich source of lignans but alas is very difficult to find. You have to purchase your own grinder. Millers remove most of the bran which is where they are found.
Stone ground grits too is an excellent source of lignans. Again you will have to look long and hard to find it in the shops.
Allowing starches like this stone ground grits to cool overnight reduces the glycemic index; the glucose is released much more slowly. Then add hot water next morning and bring back to the boil; add natural honey, cream and mixed seeds for the perfect breakfast.
This is a lignan gourmet dish giving excellent protection against the chronic degenerative diseases so common today.
Lignins on the other hand are far bigger molecules that form an important part of plant cell walls.
What is a lignan is a question every woman should be able to answer.
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