More Omega 3 reduces fatigue from cancer according to study

Every now and then the results of a new Omega 3 study come out of left field. Here’s another one which is a little unexpected.

As people who have had, or who have, cancer will tell you, one of the more dreary side-effects of both the cancer, and/or the treatment for cancer, is fatigue. In many cases the cancer sufferer not only suffers fatigue during the duration of the cancer, but also well after the cancer itself and the cancer therapy has ended.

It is not entirely clear why cancer sufferers suffer from fatigue although there is some suggestion that a possible cause may be chronic inflammation in the body.

It is possibly this that prompted researchers to research the possibility that an increase in the dose of Omega 3 essential fatty acids, mainly found in oily fish, may well have some effect in reducing the fatigue suffered by cancer sufferers. Omega 3 and Cancer Related Fatigue

And in fact, in the results of a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, it does seem that there is a link between increasing Omega 3 intake and reducing cancer related fatigue.

The study was undertaken on 633 survivors of breast cancer. Of these, 42 percent considered themselves to be fatigued some 3 years after their diagnosis of breast cancer, and there was an increased likelihood of this amongst those who exhibited higher levels of a particular protein in their blood. This protein is linked to inflammation of the body.

And the study concluded that a higher level of Omega 3 intake was linked to a reduced level of fatigue. Participants were given Omega 3 supplements during the study.

Of course in any study like this there are other possible factors involved, and the researchers suggested that regular physical exercise might also be involved in this result. However it seemed from the study that there was a link between higher intake of this Omega 3 and lower levels of cancer related fatigue.

Researchers observed that the results of this study are preliminary and are probably insufficient, of their own, to suggest that people with fatigue related to cancer should start taking fish oil pills to help reduce that fatigue, however given the wide range of other health benefits that increasing your intake of Omega 3 fats can attract, it may well be that sufferers should be increasing their intake of the Omega 3 fats for other reasons anyway.

Which of course you can do by eating more oily fish regularly or by taking quality Omega 3 supplements.

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