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Are sesame lignans?

Sesamin, a sesame lignan , was recently reported to be converted by intestinal microflora to enterolactone, a compound with estrogenic activity and also an enterometabolite of flaxseed lignans , which are known to be phytoestrogens. Whether sesame can be a source of phytoestrogens is unknown.

What are sesame lignans?

Sesame seed (Sesamum indicum L.) is a rich source of furofuran lignans with a wide range of potential biological activities. The major lignans in sesame seeds are the oil- soluble sesamin and sesamolin, as well as glucosides of sesaminol and sesamolinol that reside in the defatted sesame flour.

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