Lignans are a plant-based bioactive compounds classified under the polyphenol family.
They are found in a variety of whole foods including seeds, grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes, with the highest concentrations
found in flaxseeds.
Lignans are often considered as phytoestrogens because they have a chemical structure similar to estrogen and can bind to estrogen receptors in
Consuming foods rich in lignans is thought to provide several health benefits.
Their phytoestrogen activity allows them to influence hormone balance in the body, which may have implications for diseases such
as breast cancer and prostate cancer. They also have antioxidant properties, meaning they can help to
neutralize harmful free radicals in the body. Some research suggests that a diet high in lignans may be
beneficial for heart health and could potentially help to reduce the risk of certain other diseases, including type 2 diabetes.