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Prostate Tumour Growth Halted by Flaxseed

Flaxseed, or linseed, is well known as an all-round health aid, used for the prevention of constipation, heart problems, high cholesterol and menopausal discomfort, to name but a few.

Now it appears that daily consumption of flaxseed may stop the growth of prostate cancer tumours, according to recent research. Researchers from North Carolina 's Duke University Medical Center revealed their discoveries at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's 43rd annual meeting.

Prostate Tumour Growth Halted by Flaxseed
Flaxseed, which is rich in omega 3-fatty acids and fibre-related compounds known as lignans, may interrupt the chain of events that cause cells to divide irregularly and become cancerous, suggested Dr. Wendy Demark Wahnefried, a researcher in Duke's School of Nursing and lead investigator on the study.
Dr Wendy Demark-Wahnefried said: 'Our previous studies in animals and in humans had shown a correlation between flaxseed supplementation and slowed tumour growth, but the participants in those studies had taken flaxseed in conjunction with a low-fat diet.' She then went on to explain that this most recent study revealed that it was flaxseed that provided the protective benefit.
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