lignan

noun

lig·​nan ˈlig-ˌnan How to pronounce lignan (audio)
: any of a class of propyl phenolic dimers including many found in plants and noted for having antioxidant and estrogenic activity

Examples of lignan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Flaxseeds are also rich in lignans, shown to have anti-cancer effects in animal studies. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 18 May 2024 May Help Reduce Cancer Risk Cucumbers contain a natural substance called lignans—like flax and sesame seeds, kale, broccoli, cabbage, strawberries, apricots, and other plant foods. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Rd, Health, 18 Nov. 2023 Tiwa Savage’s Guide to Treating Hyperpigmentation and Day-to-Night Makeup One of the richest sources of lignans, a potent phytoestrogen, is flaxseed, which can easily be sprinkled into smoothies, soups or on top of cereal and yogurt. Georgia Day, Vogue, 6 Sep. 2023 These include:2 Antioxidants Curcumin Fiber Fish oil Magnesium Polyphenols in green and black tea Selenium Sesame lignans Vitamin D Vitamin E Zinc Inflammatory conditions related to carrying excess weight can often be managed with weight loss. Lana Barhum, Verywell Health, 26 Apr. 2023 Although scientists are still working to figure out how valerian root actually works in the body, research suggests that some benefits may be due to the mechanism behind plant compounds like lignans, flavonoids and valepotriates (compounds that give off the sedation feeling). Valerie Agyeman, Good Housekeeping, 20 Apr. 2023 Eating flax seeds and pumpkin seeds during the first phase of your cycle is thought to boost estrogen production as your body metabolizes lignan. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, 16 May 2019 One large study found that a higher lignan intake was associated with less decline in cognitive function, memory and processing. Dr. Mehmet Oz, Good Housekeeping, 28 Sep. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary lign- + -an entry 3

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lignan was in 1944

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“Lignan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lignan. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

lignan

noun
lig·​nan ˈlig-ˌnan How to pronounce lignan (audio)
: any of a class of polyphenolic compounds including many found in plants and noted for having antioxidant and estrogenic activity
In the process of digestion, bacteria convert lignans into estrogen-like substances …Wellness Letter
The major types of phytoestrogens are thought to be isoflavones, found in soy protein, and lignans, found in flaxseeds, whole grains, and some fruits and vegetables.Consumer Reports
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