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The plant lignans secoisolariciresinol and matairesinol occur in numerous foods such as oil seeds, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.[1]

The plant Lignans are a pre-cursor for Enterolignans(Mammalian Lignans). When the plant Lignans are metabolised by the body it produces Enterolignans (enterodiol and enterolactone) that can potentially reduce the risk of certain cancers and cardiovascular diseases.[2]

Although there are studies which indicate the disease prevention (cardio-protective and hormone associated cancers like breast cancer) benefits of Lignans, the results are not yet conclusive. [3]