There’s something new to cluck about in the quest to find answers about ovarian cancer. University of Illinois researchers recently discovered that a diet enriched with flaxseed decreases severity of ovarian cancer and increases survival in hens.


Flaxseed, the richest plant source of alpha-linolenic acid, one type of omega-3 fatty acid, has been proven to inhibit formation of colon, breast, skin and lung tumors. It was logical to study how omega-3 fatty acids affect ovarian cancer because there remains no effective treatment, said Janice Bahr, a professor emerita and poultry researcher in the university’s Department of Animal Sciences. This research was published in Gynecologic Oncology.