Daily Omega 3 supplementation my help prevent cancer of the Pancreas

Can taking supplements containing Omega 3 daily help prevent pancreatic cancer? We’ve looked at the link between increasing your intake of the Omega 3 essential fatty acids DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and reducing your cancer risk before. But not in relation to pancreatic cancer.

Whilst pancreatic cancer may not be one of those cancers in the headlines every day it is still estimated that over 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer by the end of 2010, and that almost 37,000 will die. In fact pancreatic cancer is the 4th most common cause of death from cancer in the US.

Whilst cancers such as bowel cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer are in the news every day pancreatic cancer is not.

Unfortunately for those who contract cancer of the pancreas the prognosis is not good, and remission is unusual.
Omega 3 and Pancreatic cancer
So pancreatic cancer is like so many other cancers, it’s much better to prevent it than to treat it.

So can taking daily Omega 3 supplements prevent cancer of the pancreas?

A new study is suggesting that this may in fact be the case, that increasing your intake of the essential Omega 3 fatty acids, in conjunction with increasing intake of vitamin C and vitamin E may reduce your risk of contracting cancer of the pancreas by more than 30 percent.

If you read our website you will know that the average intake of the essential fatty acids known as the Omega 3 fats has declined dramatically over the last century. The Omega 3 fatty acids are found primarily in fish and fish oil, and this decline is a result of the fact that most of us are now eating less fish.

The new study has analysed data from people living in the San Francisco Bay area and compared data from people suffering from pancreatic cancer to those who were not.

It was found that a high intake of saturated fat was associated with a rise in the risk of pancreatic cancer of around 60 percent.

The study noted that ” These results support the hypotheses that a high intake of saturated and certain monounsaturated fatty acids may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer, whereas greater intake of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins C and E may reduce the risk.”

This of course does not prove that if you increase your intake of Omega3 fats you will avoid pancreatic cancer. However there is a growing body of evidence that a number of cancers can be positively affected by an increase in Omega 3 intake, and that there may be a correlation between increasing the intake of essential fatty acids and a reduction in the risk of various cancers. Of course more study is always necessary. And it is unlikely that if you already have pancreatic cancer that taking fish oil supplements will reverse that.

However there is also a wide body of evidence now accepted by such mainstream organisations as the American Heart Association that there are multiple proven health benefits from increasing your intake of the essential fatty acids, and that a possible reduction in the risks of pancreatic cancer is really just one of many potential health benefits, including a reduction in the risk of death from heart attack.

Taking Omega 3 daily is very important for your overall health. Daily Omega 3 supplements ensure a continuous supply of these essential fatty acids, and at a cost effective price.

So whilst it is too early to say that taking Omega 3 daily supplements will prevent pancreatic cancer is not too early to say that daily Omega 3 supplements will do a power of good for your health. However not all fish oil supplements are high quality, and it pays to know exactly what you’re buying.

Day after day, week after week, more emerges about the health benefits of increasing your intake of the essential fatty acids. Don’t ignore the experts and make sure you take your Omega 3.

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