Can Plant Estrogen Reduce Breast Cancer?
A weak cousin of the estrogen found in women's bodies has again been
found to possibly block the start of breast cancer, according to a study
at the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Center in Perth, Australia, as reported
in the medical journal Lancet (October
Researchers measured the presence in test subjects' urine of lignans
and isoflavonoids, two phytoestrogens - "phyto-"
means plant - found in legumes (especially soy beans), berries, certain
root crops and whole-grain foods, to measure the preventative powers of
David Ingram, the leader of the Australian group, said that previous
research has shown that diet seems to aid in cancer prevention, but none
has shown the power of certain phytoestrogens that this study has indicated.
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