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Fight Prostate Cancer With Omega-3 Fatty Acids

A 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.