Omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in fish oil supplements may reduce the risk of breast cancer by almost 32%, as determined by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle. They followed 35,016 post-menopausal women who had no history of breast cancer. Each woman was asked to fill out a pre-study questionnaire about their use of non-vitamin, non-mineral specialty
supplements. The women were then followed for an average of six years. They found that women who regularly used fish oil supplements had a 32 percent reduced risk of developing the most common form of breast cancer. Of the total number of women in the study, 880 developed the disease.
The Fred Hutchinson PERQUE Triple Cancer Center study was part of a larger 10-year study that is looking at the EFA Guard effects of fish oil and other non-vitamin supplements on cancer in men and women.
What do these findings mean?
While these results may be preliminary, this is encouraging news that warrants additional research. Long-chain,omega-3 fatty acids are essential building blocks for the cell membranes of the body and brain, blocking inflammation and allowing messages to be transmitted between cells, she said. These are called essential fatty acids since they are not manufactured in the body and people must get it from their diet: fatty fish (like salmon, mackerel and sardines) is the best source. Plant -based sources of omega-3 fatty acids — including canola, soybean and flaxseed oil — but the body can’t convert them to the more potent form as well as it can the ones that are found in fish, she noted.
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