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iVillage.com: Anti-Cancer Superfoods

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Flax Seeds

May protect against: Breast and colon cancers

Work because: Also called linseeds, flax seeds contain lignans, plant estrogens that can alter natural estrogen metabolism in a way that may protect against breast cancer. Additionally, like all high-fiber foods, flax seeds have a positive overall effect on bowel health. Lab studies suggest that the lignans, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber in flax seeds could help protect against colon cancer.

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