According to a new study from researchers in Pennsylvania, evidence has
been found showing that an antioxidant compound found in flaxseeds may
be able to help in the prevention of
mesothelioma. Flaxseed lignans, according to researchers, may hold the key.
Lignans are polyphenols are often found in plants such as pumpkin, sunflower,
sesame, and flaxseeds. These are rich in a compound called secoisolariciresinol
diglucoside. This has been used in tests on mice and the antioxidant has
proven to slow the growth of human breast cancer.
The tests included two groups of mice, one with a normal diet and one including
flaxseed lignan. After a week on the diet, the mice were injected with
asbestos fibers. Asbestos fibers often cause mesothelioma by causing chronic
inflammation. The study showed that the mice with the flaxseed lignan
in their diet did not experience as high a rate of the inflammation that
often leads to mesothelioma. It also helped with nitrosative and oxidative
stress, both of which can influence mesothelioma development.
Asbestos is the number one cause of mesothelioma in patients all over the
world. The asbestos cancer is diagnosed at a high rate in the United States,
with roughly 2,500 new cases occurring each year. This is a step in the
right direction to potentially find a cure for mesothelioma.
At Worthington & Caron, we are always encouraged any time we here of
a possible breakthrough that can help individuals who have been exposed
to asbestos fibers.
If you or someone you love has developed mesothelioma, please contact our
firm. Our mesothelioma attorneys fight to help our clients seek compensation
they need to cover the medical expenses and other losses they may have
incurred as a result of this oversight. Learn more about your options by
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