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Fight Prostate Cancer With Omega-3 Fatty Acids

fish jpg 0A new study on animals will promote further studies that may help those men suffering from prostate cancer. According to findings from this new study, increased amounts of omega-3 fatty acids can slow the progression of prostate cancer. Omega-3 fatty acids are largely found in cold-water fish that are, unfortunately, not abundant in the diets of most North Americans. North Americans do tend to have very high levels of omega-6 fatty acids that are present in large quantities in corn and other vegetable based oils. Unfortunately, omega-6 fatty acids do not share those health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. According to researchers, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in the Western diet is around 15 to 1. Through dietary changes and omega-3 supplementation, researchers suggested getting the ratio around 2 to 1 or even lower. Higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids help to fight inflammation that in turn can slow tumor growth and progression as well as promote the healing of injured tissues.

Source: Clinical Cancer Research, August 1 2006.