Asbestos-exposed flaxseed lignan component-fed mice had a significant decrease in peritoneal lavage fluid white blood cells...
Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) January 20, 2016
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, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26678224
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