July 15, 2013

Double-Edged Sword

1 Omega-3s Up Prostate Cancer Risk

Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to a 43% higher risk of prostate cancer finds a study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. While Omega-3s fight damaging inflammation, resulting in a lower risk of heart disease, they may also increase oxidative damage to cells. The study measured omega-3 blood levels in male participants but didn’t distinguish between dietary fatty acids or those introduced through supplementation. Most medical professionals recommend eating a balanced, healthy diet and to use supplements only if that’s not possible. Currently, the American Cancer Society does not recommend that men take fish oil supplements. Researchers say that men with family histories of prostate cancer should discuss supplementation with their doctors to see if it’s safe for them.

More at CNN.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Omega-3 Fatty Acids Prevent Brain Shrinkage

Tags: American Cancer Society, Heart Disease, National Cancer Institute, Omega 3 Fatty Acid Capsules, Prostate Cancer, Salmon

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