View Full Version : Flax Seed Oil linked to Prostate Cancer?

07-09-2002, 04:11 PM
I've been taking Flax Seed Oil for a month or so because I heard of all the benefits.

I don't mean to be an alarmist, but I read somewhere that there is a link between Flax Seed Oil and Prostate Cancer, although there is no such link for the actual flax seeds. Most of the references I found refer to a Dr. Dean Ornish.

Here are a couple sources with hreferences.



There seems to be some disagreement on this one.

Since you can't read everything you read on the Internet, I thought I'd see if there was anyone out there in the know that can shed some light on this subject.

07-09-2002, 04:52 PM
I've come to the conclusion that everything causes cancer. Every day something new that you thought was healthy is showing up in the news to cause cancer. Just live your life and enjoy it day by day. You never know when it will all end so stop trying to prevent it.

K (same)
07-09-2002, 04:52 PM
Flax oil prevent prostate cancer.

07-10-2002, 06:53 AM
Originally posted by K (same)
Flax oil prevent prostate cancer.

This is correct. It does prevent many things including cancer. The one thing it does not prevent is staying small.

Original Poster
07-10-2002, 07:52 AM
Breathing air causes cancer too.


Flax bad for you - ROFLMAO

07-10-2002, 08:55 AM
..and carbs.


07-10-2002, 09:20 AM
What I got from those links was that Flax Seed Oil is a tumor promoter, not a carcinogen. As a tumor promoter (assuming it is one), if you already have Prostate Cancer, it will make the tumor grow faster. But it doesn't say that flax seed oil causes the cancer itself.

And that quote from that one guy about it being the most powerful stimulus for prostate cancer they know of: I suppose they never exposed prostate cancer cells to Phorbol-12-Myristate-13-Acetate, considered to be one of the most powerful tumor promoters known to man. We use it at my work as a positive control in studies we conduct to determine if new (or old) chemicals or drugs may be tumor promoters.

Yes it seems like most everything can cause cancer. There are lots of mutagens in the natural foods we eat every day.