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A low-fat diet and a few spoonfuls of flaxseed each day may slow the growth of prostate cancer.

* A low-fat diet and a few spoonfuls of flaxseed each day may slow the growth of prostate cancer, according to a small pilot study from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Twenty-five men awaiting surgery for prostate cancer followed a diet low in fat (20% of calories) supplemented with 30 grams (about three heaping tablespoons) of ground flaxseed daily. After about a month, blood levels of testosterone and androgen--hormone markers linked to prostate cancer--as well as cholesterol had dropped significantly. Flaxseed is rich in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, which may affect hormone levels, slowing tumor growth.

Urology, July 2001.

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Publication:Environmental Nutrition
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Date:Oct 1, 2001
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