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.