Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 19, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, supports a study on olive oil and its inclusion in the “Mediterranean diet, “ especially when it comes to helping cancer patients during their chemotherapy treatments.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/cancer-articles/how-flax-oil-is-helping-cancer-patients), olive oil, along with other healthful foods, has proven to usher in a number of heart benefits. Flax oil is full of omega-3 fatty acids, as it’s made from pressed flaxseed. Omega-3s have been proven to boost mental health, amongst other things.
Now evidence has appeared that flax oil may also give a big health boost to the gastrointestinal system. This health tip comes courtesy of a recent clinical trial that tested this healing food against the ill-effects of a popular cancer drug.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “How Flax Oil Is Helping Cancer Patients,” reports that the drug in question is called “cisplatin,” or CP for short. CP is usually administered to help the body fight off solid tumors. Unfortunately, CP can cause a few bad side effects, mostly in the form of very significant and long-lasting gastrointestinal symptoms. To figure out a way around these debilitating symptoms, a research team pitted flax oil against CP.
As the article outlines, the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid-enriched flaxseed oil was given to one group of rats in this animal study, prior to and following CP treatment. Another group of rats was administered only CP. The research team found that the rats fed CP showed a significant decline in the functioning of specific digestive enzymes. There were also increased signs of lipid peroxidation, indicating that the administration of the cancer drug was causing a lot of oxidative stress to the digestive system. The drug also decreased the action of certain beneficial compounds in the digestive tract, such as catalase and glutathione peroxidase.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin also reports that in contrast, dietary supplementation of flax oil prior to and following CP treatment significantly lessened the negative CP-induced changes. Feeding the rats flax oil seemed to provide the rats with an enhanced resistance to the adverse gastrointestinal effects of CP.
According to the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, it stands to reason that if flax oil could reverse the side effects of CP, it could also protect the body from the milder damage that ingested toxins and chemicals can inflict on the digestive system.
(SOURCE: Naqshbandi, A., et al., "Dietary flaxseed oil supplementation ameliorates the effect of cisplatin on brush border membrane enzymes and antioxidant system in rat intestine," Hum. Exp. Toxicol., July 2, 2012.)
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The Doctors Health Press believes in the healing properties of various superfoods, like pistachios, as well as the benefits of taking vitamins and supplements, Chinese herbal remedies and homeopathy. To see a video outlining the Doctors Health Press' views on homeopathic healing, visit http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/homeopathy.