Omega 3 And Prostate Cancer Archives

A new study suggests that Omega 3 causes prostate cancer. But is it proven?

In the past we’ve reported that studies suggesting that more omega 3 fish oil well be good for your prostate, either by helping reduce the risk of prostate cancer or possibly slowing the rate of prostate cancer growth.

And if you’d like to read more about the studies you can do so here.omega 3 and prostate cancer

Disconcertingly, new evidence is now suggesting the contrary, that higher levels of Omega 3 in your system may well increase the risk of prostate cancer.

There is an obvious contradiction there, and in fact the new studies have come under heavy criticism of late.

We are not medically qualified and so cannot discuss the specific scientific backgrounds of these new studies. What we can say is that there is significant criticism of the studies suggesting that whilst the studies found that men suffering from prostate cancer had higher levels of Omega3 in the blood they haven’t proven that it was the Omega3 which caused the prostate cancer.

And clearly if there is no link between the level of Omega 3 in the blood and the instance of prostate cancer than those who take omega 3 fish oil supplements do not need to worry that they are increasing their risk of prostate cancer.

Of course if there is a correlation between levels of Omega 3 in the blood and prostate cancer then further studies are needed to establish whether or not it was actually those levels of Omega 3 that caused the cancer.

So today we merely alerting you to the debate, so that you can, if you’re interested, follow along as the debate hots up.

You can read much more about the debate through the links below.

http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/omega-3-prostate-cancer-link-attacked-as-weak-at-best-radio-host-michael-savage-says-researcher-seeking-attention-90680/

http://medcitynews.com/2013/07/the-omega-3prostate-cancer-media-fiesta-mistaking-correlation-for-causation-puts-patients-at-risk/

http://blog.hellomagazine.com/thenakednutritionist/2013/07/omega-3-linked-to-prostate-cancer-really.html

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Should you be taking more Omega 3 fish oils to help guard against prostate problems?

I know all about prostate cancer, my dad had it and therefore I’m genetically predisposed to prostate cancer. And I’ve had all the tests, but don’t have it yet.

But studies are now suggesting that it may be possible to help prevent or slow prostate cancer by diet, and also by increasing our intake of Omega 3 fatty acids, primarily found in fish.

As with all these things it’s difficult to say when something is sufficiently proven, but lets say to date there have been some promising results from the studies. There are now clear fish oil prostate links that are showing up in the studies.

In one study it was found that if mice that were genetically engineered with a defect that caused prostate cancer and they were fed a diet high in Omega 3 fatty acids their survival and resistance to prostate cancer were enhanced.Prostate and Omega 3

There have been a number of studies showing a prostate Omega 3 link, some of them can be read at Science Daily. One study even suggested a link between fish oil and prostate cancer in it’s more advanced form.

This is excellent news, not just for me, but for all men. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer and is the leading cause of death in men in the US.

Why is it considered that there is a strong fish oil and prostate cancer prevention link? One explanation is to do with inflammation. Most men, with advancing age, get inflammation of the prostate. It may not be serious itself but may be a precursor to prostate cancer.

And Omega 3 fats are known to be one of the best anti inflammatories that exist. Often Aspirin is used as an anti inflammatory, with some negative side effects. Fish oils, or at least the 2 primary Omega 3 fats found in fish oils, DHA and EPA, are excellent anti inflammatories, better than Aspirin by far. And with positive, not negative side effects. That’s why it’s thought that Omega 3s are good for Arthritis too.

And that fish oils can help inhibit the production of prostaglandins, one of the hormones our body produces known to produce inflammatory effects.

There is also epidemiological evidence showing a prostate Omega 3 link.  It is known that societies with a high level of Omega 3 intake, in other words societies where a lot of fish is eaten, have a lower incidence of prostate cancer.

So if you’re worried about your prostate, fish oil may be beneficial. And there’s more than just fish oil, studies also suggest that all things we should avoid, like highly processed foods, may also promote prostate cancer, and that all the things we should eat, like fresh fruit and vegetables with lots of good anti oxidants, help prevent prostate disease.

In other words, the Western diet isn’t good for your prostate.

So clearly there are some things you should be doing if  you’re a man. You’re at a high risk of prostate cancer. You ought to be concentrating on a healthy diet and lifestyle, and amongst other things you ought to be getting a high level of Omega 3 fats in your diet.

How do yo do that? The simplest, and cheapest, way to get Omega 3 polyunsaturated fats in your diet is to take daily Omega 3 fish oil supplements. But beware, not all Omega 3 supplements are the same. There are good ones and bad ones.

If you want to find the Omega 3 fish oil capsules that I take to, amongst other things, help reduce the risk of prostate cancer, then click the banner at the right.

So if you’re a man you’ve got a pretty high chance of getting prostate cancer with age, as I do. I make sure I watch my diet. I take the best Omega 3 fish oil capsules money can buy. I keep my exercise regime up and I try to get plenty of sleep. All things that should keep me more healthy generally, and keep my prostate healthy too.

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