CANCER KILLERS: False Link Between Omega-3s and Prostate Cancer
If you’ve been turned off (or confused) by the recent reports of the dangers of excess omega-3 consumption, don’t be. Years of statistical evidence have reported the vast and various benefits of healthful consumption of omega-3s—which include even the prevention of prostate cancer.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Explained
These essential fatty acids get their name from the structure of their molecules, in which the first of several double bonds occurs three carbon atoms away from the end of the carbon chain.
There are three types of omega-3 fatty acids:
- Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Found in flaxseed oil, walnuts, kale, spinach and Brussels sprouts. 1
- Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Found in salmon, roe, shad, mackerel, herring and other fatty fish.2
- Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Also found in salmon, roe and mackerel; as well as whitefish, bass and tuna.3
Consuming a fish oil supplement is the easier way to raise levels of adiponectin, a hormone that affects the metabolic processes like glucose regulation and the modulation of inflammation. Taking omega-3 capsules regularly will decrease your chances of heart disease and diabetes.
“By reviewing evidence from existing randomized clinical trials, we found that fish oil supplementation caused modest increases in adiponectin in the blood of humans,” says Jason Wu, PhD, of the Harvard School of Public Health, who lead a 2007 study on omega-3 fatty acids. 4
The proper daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids can help people with diabetes reduce the effects of insulin resistance. Additional benefits may include decreased risk of:
- Heart attack
- Macular degeneration (age-related eye disease)
- Certain types of cancer 5
Deconstructing the Recent Findings
On the contrary, the aforementioned prospective study claimed a 43 percent increase in the risk for all grades of prostate cancer, and a 71 percent increase in risk for high-grade prostate cancer. However, a previous study determined that a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids actually reduced the growth of prostate tumors and was associated with increased survival rates.
This evidence appears to clash and thus leaves the consumer in limbo.
The reality is that omega-3s provide very specific biological benefits as listed above. This can’t be refuted.
As far as a disease study, there are many, many factors that determine whether or not someone ends up with cancer independent of essential fatty acid intake. By following a complete, 5 Essentials lifestyle, you’ll be putting the mass majority of positives together in your life to enable your body be well. It’s when you take in omega 3s and address other factors that you can count on studies showing your body will neutralize damaging toxins, fight off developing illness, and heal and function at its greatest capacity.
The 5 Essentials are the safest bet for achieving lasting health, and high-quality fats play a crucial role in maintaining that lifestyle.
What You Can Do
Your nearest Maximized Living wellness doctor can answer any questions you have regarding the benefits of omega-3 consumption and quality nutrition in general.
As an expert in total body wellness, your doctor can help you and your family feel physically better today, as well as help you achieve real, lifelong health.