April 13, 2009
Flax Might Cut Colon Cancer Risk

Flax cuts colon cancer risk in mice with genetic predisposition to colon cancer.

New research from South Dakota State University offers evidence that including flax in the diet may help prevent colorectal tumors or keep tumors from growing as quickly when they do form.

Distinguished professor Chandradhar Dwivedi, head of SDSU’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, directed the study by departmental graduate student researchers Ajay Bommareddy, Xiaoying Zhang and professional doctor of pharmacy student Dustin Schrader.

“The study was conducted in a special strain of mice that develop spontaneous intestinal tumors due to mutation in a gene,” Dwivedi said.

“This model is developed to investigate the effects of cancer preventive agents on genetically predisposed individuals,” he said.

“Results indicated that mice on diets supplemented with flaxseed meal and flaxseed oil had, on average, 45 percent fewer tumors in the small intestine and the colon compared to the control group.”

Maybe the lignan compounds or the alpha-linolenic acid in flax cut the cancer risks

Share |      Randall Parker, 2009 April 13 10:58 PM  Biotech Cancer

Nick G said at April 14, 2009 11:31 PM:

The alpha-linolenic acid converts to EFA's (DHA, EPA) that reduce inflammation.

Randall Parker said at April 14, 2009 11:36 PM:

The conversion efficiencies are very low. I think I've previously posted on this.

Nick G said at April 15, 2009 9:59 AM:

Well, 1) I think the conversion efficiencies vary from person to person, and 2) it's much easier to take large amounts of flax seed oil.

It's worked very well for me and several dogs to reduce inflammation, especially visible skin problems. The dogs have gone from chronic itching and soreness to no scratching and very soft coats. It's helped my skin visibly, though I'm not sure about my coat...

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