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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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There are clear health reasons why you should be taking fish oil. Cancer sufferers have even more reasons for Omega 3 supplementation.

The scientific evidence linking fish oil intake with improvements in various types of cancers is increasing. There is now good evidence that anyone suffering from cancer should be taking Omega 3 supplements containing fish oil. Cancer sufferers can benefit in a number of areas from Omega 3 fatty acid supplementation.

For instance research in Scotland has found a clear link between increasing your intake of fish oil and bowel cancer risk reduction. The Scottish study examined whether there was a relationship between increasing the intake of omega 3 essential fatty acids DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and a reduced risk of colon cancer. The results were that increasing Omega 3 fish oil intake could result in a reduced risk of colon cancer by up to 37 percent.

There is also an emerging Omega 3 and breast cancer link. Researchers from Indiana University have found that it is possible to reduce the growth of breast cancer cells by a combination of Omega 3 fatty acid intake together with a drug called Propofol. Research published in the Journal of Breast Cancer Research suggested that this combination actually triggered some of the cancer cells to die spontaneously.

Another study undertaken in the National Cancer Centre in South Korea found that increased intake of Omega 3 fats can decrease the risk of breast cancer.   The conclusion of this study was, and we quote,”These results suggest that high consumption of fatty fish is associated with a reduced risk for breast cancer, and that the intake of ω-3 fatty acids from fish is inversely associated with postmenopausal breast cancer risk.”
Fish Oil and Cancer

On top of this it would seem that there is also an Omega 3 prostate cancer link. Studies are also showing a link between Omega 3 essential fatty acid intake and prostate cancer reduction.

In fact there is a range of studies showing a fish oil cancer reduction link for a range of different cancers. Whilst in most cases it is probably too early to say that it is clearly shown that increasing your intake of fish oil can prevent or reduce the risk of some cancers there is no doubt that there is growing evidence linking increased omega 3 intake with a reduction in the risk of cancer.

It has long been known that better nutrition lowers the risk of certain cancers and it is also known that Omega 3 essential fatty acids found in fish are extremely important for our good overall health. It would therefore make sense that by increasing our level of good nutrition by increasing our intake of Omega3 fats we may well be able to reduce our risk of a number of cancers. And it is known that the average American has a diet way too low in the essential fatty acids DHA and EPA.

Whilst it is probably too early to state specifically that increasing your intake of Omega3 fats will lower your risk of cancer there is now clear evidence that for a range of other health reasons we should all be eating more fish, which in itself brings risks to our health because of chemical contamination of fish, or supplementing our diet with fish oil supplements every day. Whether or not our risk of cancer is reduced our general health, including our heart health will certainly be improved.

But of course research is ongoing in this very important area of our health.

But whilst researchers have been studying fish oil and cancer reduction, others have been studying reduction in the risk of cancer from other natural substances. There is now also growing evidence that natural substances such as lycopene which is an ingredient of tomatoes also has a role in helping us prevent certain cancers. We quote from one of these studies, which says : “Numerous studies have demonstrated the anticancer activity of the tomato carotenoid, lycopene”.

Specifically there is now evidence that increasing the intake of lycopene can have a role in helping reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men.

Along with very good scientists who study these things there is also some excellent health companies that are able to take the results of this research to produce products that take advantage of the health benefits of ingredients such as lycopene. It’s now possible to buy fish oil supplements combining these 2 natural ingredients, both of which are proving to be very important in improving the health of our citizens.

Clearly there are good reasons for all of us, unless we eat lots of fish, to supplement our diets with fish oil. There’s a huge range of reasons why we should all seriously consider reversing our inadequate intake of fish oil. Cancer sufferers also have powerful reasons for Omega 3 supplementation, and in particular now using high quality Omega3 supplements which include lycopene as an active ingredient.

If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about fish oil and cancer, or just about fish oil and health improvements generally, we invite you to spend some time reading our website where you will find out lots more about most of the specific health improvements that you should experience if you increase your daily intake of omega 3 essential fats.

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