lignans


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lignans (ligˑ·nnz),

n.pl chemicals derived from flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, tea, and whole grains; have phytoestrogenic properties and are used as chemopreventives, to lower blood cholesterol, and to treat atherosclerosis. Precaution advised for those at risk for developing hormone-dependent cancers.
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The antiHBsAg (human type B hepatitis, surface antigen) and anti-HBeAg (human type B hepatitis, e antigen) C 18 dibenzocyclooctadiene lignans from Kadsura matsudai and Schizandra arisanensis.
A number of published studies indicate that dietary lignans may protect against cancer by favorably altering estrogen metabolism, inhibiting angiogenesis, and inducing cancer cells to self-destruct.
The omega-3s and lignans in flax seeds prevent hardening of the arteries and keep plaque from being deposited in the blood vessels.
Some studies have found lignans may lower risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women.
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Moreover, many secondary metabolites belonging to different classes such as flavonoids, lignans, phenylpropanoids and terpenoids upon which the previously mentioned activities could rely, have been isolated from this genus.
Li, Isolation and Characterization of Lignans, Isolariciresinol and Pinoresinol in Flax Seed Meal.
They observe that while all olive oil provides a high amount of monounsaturated fatty acids (mainly oleic acid) as well as squalene, extra virgin olive oil also provides biologically active compounds that include the polyphenols oleocanthal, oleuropein, hydroxytyrosol, and lignans.
Lignin and Lignans as Renewable Raw Materials: Chemistry, Technology and Applications
Lignans are found in flaxseeds as well as some seeds, fruits, vegetables and even chocolate.
The blood--pressure lowering effect of flaxseed might be due to lignans, which are present in high concentrations in the non-oil portion of the seed.
The first part of the volume is organized by chemical class, covering monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, triterpenes & steroids, essential oils, phenolic compounds, phenylpropanoids, coumarins, flavonoids, quinones & benzophenones, xanthones & anthranoids, lignans & stilbenes, tannins, alkaloids, and ceramides & cerebrosides.