Scientists Say Flaxseed Compound May Help Prevent Malignant Mesothelioma, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

Share Article

New research in Pennsylvania suggests that a compound found in flaxseeds has qualities that might keep mesothelioma from developing, even after asbestos exposure.

A Simple Way to Prevent Mesothelioma

Flaxseeds to Prevent Mesothelioma?

Asbestos-exposed flaxseed lignan component-fed mice had a significant decrease in peritoneal lavage fluid white blood cells...

Doctors at the Fox Chase Cancer Center and the University of Pennsylvania have found evidence that a polyphenol in flax may slow the development of mesothelioma in mice. Surviving Mesothelioma has just published a new article on the research. Click here to read it now.

Scientists tested their theory by feeding one group of mice a regular diet and a second group of mice a diet rich in flaxseed lignans. After a week, both groups were injected with asbestos fibers.

“Asbestos-exposed flaxseed lignan component-fed mice had a significant decrease in peritoneal lavage fluid white blood cells and proinflammatory/profibrogenic cytokine levels relative to control-fed mice,” writes lead researcher Ralph A Pietrofesa with the Cancer Biology Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

According to an article in Carcinogenesis, the team also found that the flaxseed compound reduced oxidative stress, another potential cause of mesothelioma.

“There is currently no known way to prevent mesothelioma in people who have been exposed to asbestos,” says Alex Strauss. “If these results can be confirmed in human trials, adding flaxseeds to the diet may prove to be simple method for reducing mesothelioma risk.”

Get all the details of the new flaxseed findings in Could Flaxseed Compound Prevent Mesothelioma?, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Pietrofesa, RA et al, “Flaxseed lignans enriched in secoisolariciresinol diglucoside prevent acute asbestos-induced peritoneal inflammation in mice”, December 17, 2015, Carcinogenesis, Epub ahead of print,

For nearly ten years, Surviving Mesothelioma has brought readers the most important and ground-breaking news on the causes, diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma. All Surviving Mesothelioma news is gathered and reported directly from the peer-reviewed medical literature. Written for patients and their loved ones, Surviving Mesothelioma news helps families make more informed decisions.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Michael Ellis
Cancer Monthy
+1 (919) 570-8595
Email >
Follow us on
Visit website