Flaxseed Supplementation Slows Prostate Cancer Growth
Flaxseed supplementation can slow prostate cancer growth according to a new study!
“Flaxseed supplementation significantly reduced cancer cell proliferation rates in men with prostate cancer, investigators in a multicenter study found. Flaxseed, alone or combined with a low-fat diet, slowed cell growth rates compared with diet alone or a control group, said Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., of Duke University. However, she told attendees at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting, other biomarkers of prostate cancer activity were unaffected by the supplement. Flaxseed is one of the richest known sources of lignans, which affect androgen metabolism and have antimitotic, antiangiogenic, antioxidant, and estrogenic effects, said Dr. Demark-Wahnefried. Flaxseed also is the richest known source of plant-derived omega-3 fatty acids, which influence cell membrane synthesis, circulating levels of protein kinase C and tyrosine kinases, and levels of natural killer cells, she said. Studies have also suggested that a low-fat diet inhibits prostate cancer cell growth, she added.”