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Flaxseed may be effective in protecting against harmful effects of radiation

Source ScienceDaily: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

The benefits of Flaxseed oil extend way beyond its high omega-3 content as research has discovered that flaxseed might have a new use for the 21st century: protecting healthy tissues and organs from the harmful effects of radiation.

Researchers have found that a diet of flaxseed given to mice not only protects lung tissues before exposure to radiation, but can also significantly reduce damage after exposure occurs.

The researchers were convinced enough to incorporate flaxseed into their own routine. "I actually eat it every morning," says Dr. Cengel, noting, "The potential health benefits are significant and there is no known toxicity -- it just makes good sense to me."

The study was funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) under a grant initiative focused on the development of novel medical countermeasures to prevent or mitigate pulmonary injury or restore function after exposure to ionizing radiation.

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