What is your general conclusion regarding Flaxseed Oil?
At the end of my post, I said that in the case of cancer I probably leaned towards usage because I tended to be alternatively minded to begin with.
In the case of a person not having cancer, I see benefits to “weak” estrogens (i.e., phytoestrogens) binding to estrogen receptor sites. A certain amount of estrogen is necessary in men and in women, but the ideal situation would be to test hormonal levels (all of 'em) every so often. Not many people do that, but I’m getting ready to test estrogen and progesterone levels (saliva test), as there is an ideal ratio between the two. Too much estrogen, too high a ratio, is called estrogen dominance, and it puts a woman at higher risk for a number of things (cancer being one).
Soy, too, weakly binds to estrogen receptor sites. Same mechanism; it’s a phytoestrogen. However, there’s another downside to soy (for all its health benefits). Soy is what is called a goitrogen; i.e., it inhibits the uptake of iodine, which negatively effects thyroid function. Supplementing with iodine would negate the problem.
Back to your question about flaxseed oil, some Omega-3 fatty acid intake is required for health. It is an ESSENTIAL (i.e., required) fatty acid, after all. You don’t need to get your Omega-3s from flaxseed oil. You can get it from fish oil, walnuts and wild salmon. But based on what I read, I’m not going to stop taking my flaxseed oil. If it’s still an area concern or indecision, you owe it to yourself to research the topic further.
And while you’re at it, do some research on “calcium d-glucarate estrogen” on the web, without the quotes, of course. Calcium d-glucarate is found in Biotest’s product, M. Really, really good stuff!