Flax Meal and Oil
and the Prevention/Treatment of Cancer
The following Blog essays were written on June 8 and 9, 2005, on
the Grouppe Kurosawa web site. These essays present solid evidence
that nutritional or dietary factors can not only prevent but
successfully treat breast and other cancers.
A Single Flax Seed Muffin Per Day Reduces Her2 Expression by 71%
in Women With Breast Cancer After Only 32 Days.
This is the single most astonishing scientific article I have
ever read. I would like to thank Catherine from the GK Discussion
Group for putting the Bug up my butt about the wonders of flax seed
and its oil. I grind up flax seed and put it on yogurt all the time,
but I had NO idea the stuff was this powerful.
I have a full copy of this scientific paper and the data are
truly remarkable. In brief, women newly diagnosed with breast cancer
were given a daily single muffin to eat that contained 25 grams of
ground flax seeds. Controls got a wheat muffin. After a little more
than 30 days, the women eating the single muffin per day saw the
cell growth index of their breast cancer cells decrease by 34%, the
expression of the dreaded cancer growth receptor Her2 (c-erbB2)
decrease by 71%, and the apoptosis or self-suicide index of their
breast cancer cells increase by 31%. If a new drug did this, the
company's stock would increase 500 fold in one day and the news
would be all over the newswires. These results weren't attained by a
drug, but by one of God's Medicines, good ole dirt cheap flaxseeds.
Isn't this amazing? In one month, one muffin a day caused 31% of
the cancer cells, on average, to die.
Here is the real interesting part. Both the flax oil and the
natural lignan precursors in flaxseed were necessary to achieve
these results. Flaxseed contains 100 to 800 times more lignan
precursors than any other plant food in the vegetarian diet. Lignans
are produced in the intestines by bacteria that convert the flax
precursors into different lignan molecules. These lignans then
readily enter the blood. There is an exact correlation between the
amount of flaxseed ingested and the amount of lignans found in the
blood. This means that consuming more flaxseed can increase the
levels of anti-cancer lignans in the blood.
What do lignans do? Frankly, the list goes on and on. They
compete with estrogen for binding to its receptors, they are
anti-angiogenesis factors (they stop blood vessel growth into
tumors), etc. I will do a more complete computer search in the next
What is really exciting is that flaxseed kills breast cancer
cells regardless if they possess estrogen receptors or not. This
means the flaxseed protocol is NOT particular to estrogen dependent
breast cancer. In fact, it is probably not particular to breast
cancer at all. It's looking more and more like a general cancer
preventative and treatment, and for pennies per day. This is
In the following study human breast cancer cells implanted into
immune deficient mice were substantially growth inhibited if the
mice were fed flaxseed. This study shows that flaxseed induced the
downregulation of insulin like growth factor 1, and epidermal growth
factor in these cells, two major growth factors for cancer cells of
all types. This is similar to the downregulation of the Her2
receptor reported in the first study. Of further note, the incidence
of metastasis of these breast cancer cells to the lungs was reduced
by 89%. And the hits just keep on coming...
Angiogenesis is the growth of blood vessels. Simple. But the
growth of blood vessels into tumors provides them with food, and
oxygen and removes waste so its a process that should be stopped if
at all possible. Tumor cells secrete angiogenesis factors such as
VEGF, or vascular endothelial growth factor, which induces the
formation of blood vessels into the tumors. Half the cancer-based
scientific community, it seems that many anyway, is trying to turn
off this process. Well, here is the bad news for the biotech
community...flaxseed inhibits cancer metastasis and does so
partially through the inhibition of VEGF release from cancer cells.
In the final study, flaxseed products were shown to reduce the
metastasis of melanoma cells, one of the MOST metastatic of all
cancers. Clearly, flaxseed inhibits the growth of all cancer cells,
some more than others perhaps. In the future, you are going to see
more and more studies on the use of flaxseed to both prevent and
treat a wide variety of cancers. The revolution has cleary begun and
you heard it all here first. Hang on for the ride...
Now, its muffin making time.
Flaxseed Lignan Precursors In the previous post, I cited some
very exciting evidence that flaxseed meal, baked into muffins, could
actually kill a substantial number of breast cancer cells in newly
dignosed women. This careful study was done in women and confirmed
by before and after biopsies. I absolutely cannot think of anything
more exciting for the preventation AND treatment of breast cancer.
This Blog is to provide a little background information on what
is going on biochemically.
Flaxseed contains the highest concentrations of different lignan
precursors molecules than any other plant. When these precursors are
eaten, bacteria in the gut convert them into biologically active
molecules like the phytoestrogens enterodiol and enterolactone.
These are the biologically active lignans and they are rapidly
transported across the intestinal wall into the blood.
There are animals called "germ-free", kept in highly clean
facilities, that have NO bacteria in their bodies...anywhere. When
these rats are fed flaxseed, the active lignans are not made.
Clearly, bacteria are turning flaxseed precursors into powerful
It stands to reason that for flaxseed to be of maximal benefit,
we need to take care of our gut bacteria. This sounds like a dumb
comment but it isn't. The scientific evidence is clear. If you take
antibiotics on a routine basis, smoke, have frequent bowl movements,
or eat a great deal of fat, your intestinal bacteria will be killed.
If you cannot drop your fat intake, stop smoking, or stay off "the
pot", you will need to consume acidophyllus milk or live culture
yogurt. This is a must. Besides, you need the calcium for proper
health anyway. If you are lactose intolerant, you can purchase
capsules of free dried intestinal bacteria.
There is a huge scientific database on the role of lignans in
health. Most of these studies have been in animals or
epidemiological studies in humans. These human studies are
statistical. For example, a group of people in an area in Germany or
elsewhere may be studied for their intake of flaxseed and other
grains and the future incidence of cancer they might experience.
In general, lignans protect against breast cancer in
premenopausal women. There really is no protection for
postmenopausal women or for men with respect to prostate cancer.
Clearly, lignans are blocking the estrogen II receptor and
protecting against hormone dependent breast cancers. Great news.
But the news is actually better than you think. These statistical
studies followed people in their usual routine. This means the
scientists did not tell them what to eat. They just recorded what
they eat. Most people do NOT eat flaxseed or even use flax oil. They
eat other grains that contain 100-800 times LESS lignan precursors.
Next, there is a difference between preventing a disease and
The grains these people ate were probably at a MUCH lower level
than the 25 grams of flaxmeal consumed by the breast cancer women.
Yet these lower levels were associated with a reduction in estrogen
dependent cancers. There was no protection against postmenopausal
breast cancers or prostate cancer. Clearly, only low levels of
lignans need to be present to block the estrogen II receptor. BUT,
the lignans in flaxmeal DO kill estrogen negative breast cancer
cells. They also kill melanoma cells and probably many other types
as well. Its a question of dose, my friends.
The more flaxmeal you consume, the more lignans enter the body.
This is what the Canadian scientists did. 25 grams of flaxseed
contains a huge amount of lignan precursors. Why not take 50 grams
of flaxseed a day in the form of muffins or smoothies (see next blog)?
The stuff is definitely not toxic and it could save your life no
matter what kind of cancer you have. It is very clear that these
lignans are blocking powerful growth factor receptors like EGF,
Her2, Insulin like growth factor-1, and VEGF, the hormone
responsible for stimulating blood vessels into tumors. These lignan
effects have nothing to do with estrogen. It just so happens they
are incredibly effective at blocking estrogen II receptors at very
low doses. They also appear to be weak aromatase inhibitors.
Some smoothie recipes to follow that use flaxmeal. Very yummy.
Here are some delicious flax meal recipes compliments of
Catherine, a member of the Grouppe Kurosawa Discussion group.
Keep in mind that 25 grams of flaxseed is about 1/8 of a cup or 4
tablespoons. These seeds MUST be ground as fine as possible in a
coffee grinder. Flaxseed contains a great deal of oil so the
consistency of the meal will not be like flour. But it must be
ground into the finest meal possible. Otherwise, our friends, the
gut bacteria, will not be able to convert the pre-lignans into
As I said previously, eat as much flaxmeal as you like,
especially if you have cancer. It can only help you. I have been
grinding up flaxmeal and putting it on live culture yogurt for
years. I had no idea I was a trailblazer. Also, buy some flax oil.
It's only sold in health food stores and must be refrigerated. Also,
do NOT grind up flaxseed and put it in a jar for storage, even in
the frig. Grind up what you need fresh. I am worried about the flax
oil in the meal going bad. Just color me cautious.
Here are Catherine's recipes. There are some additional
references at the end. If you have new recipes to contribute,
contact me at
8-12 oz. organic chocolate milk
1/8 cup flaxseeds ground into meal in a coffee grinder
1 tblsp (non-lignan) flaxseed oil
Concord Grape Smoothie
8-12 oz. Concord grape juice (or other non-citrus fruit juice)
1/8 cup flaxseeds ground into meal in a coffee grinder
1 tblsp (non-lignan) flaxseed oil
add any type of other/frozen berries as desired
Cherry Power Smoothie
1/2 cup grape juice1/2 cup cherry juice (optional)1 1/2 cups frozen,
1 sliced banana
1 cup plain organic yogurt (active culture)
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
2-4 tblsp flaxseed oil
2 tblsp raw wheat germ
1-2 tblsp honey
Put everything in a blender, blend 2 minutes. Makes 2 tall glasses.
1 1/2 cups chilled pineapple juice
1/8 cup flaxseed ground into meal
2 tblsp flaxseed oil
8 tblsp organic yogurt
10 frozen strawberries
In a blender, combine ingredients in the order listed and puree to a
smooth consistency, adding crushed ice as needed.
1/8 cup flaxseeds ground in a coffee
1 tblsp (non-lignan) flaxseed oil
˝ cup of cottage cheese
Add any or all:
coarsely ground flaxseed
diced apples or other fresh fruit
chopped walnuts or other nuts (not peanuts)
diced dates, raisins or other dried fruit
(If you use fresh or canned pineapple, you must eat the Muesli
right away because the acid in pineapple causes the oil to taste
bitter if not eaten immediately.)
Flaxseed Oil Kit—How to Grind Your Own Delicious Flaxseed
The Flaxmeal Revolution Has Begun. Volunteers Wanted
The only way to prove the efficacy of flaxmeal as a true
treatment protocol for a wide variety of cancers and leukemias is to
test it in volunteers. Grouppe Kurosawa is the only organization
that can conduct and coordinate these tests in a timely manner, and
at no real cost to anyone.
There is no shortage of men and women out there, across the
world, that either refuse modern medical treatment or have no access
to medical treatment at all. We want volunteers from this category
to test the efficacy of flaxseed dietary products on cancer and
other diseases. Flaxseed cannot be found in most grocery stories in
the US. But it can be found in almost all health food stores, as can
flax seed oil.
I bought some flaxseed a week ago and the organic form cost $1.45
a pound USD. Flax oil is more expensive, but it's used in very small
quantities. It is not absolutely necessary to use flax seed oil
anyway since the freshly ground meal contain substantial qualtities
The idea that inexpensive, common flax seed meal and oil is that
powerful against breast cancer growth is frankly a difficult concept
to grasp. I am obviously great believer and promotor of natural
medicines, but I never expected to see data like that reported by
those wonderful Canadian doctors. I had to read their scientific
paper three times and I STILL couldn't believe it. I am now
semi-buried in scientific abstracts and papers on the subject of
natural lignans and health. Now I believe it, the data doesn't lie.
The clouds in my mind are clearing.
We need medical volunteers and we need chef contributors to
formulate flaxmeal and oil recipes that even children will readily
consume. Remember, childhood cancer/leukemia is one of our major
priorities, but children aren't going to eat anything that tastes
So let's get going. Contact me at