Omega-3 may reduce chances of developing breast cancer
by Newsletter Editor
Earlier findings from breast cancer research on fatty acids have been mixed. For the first time, doctors in this review analyzed all available trials worldwide, including Asia, Europe, and the United States, covering a total of 883,585 women in 21 independent studies.
Doctors said that fish are the most abundant source of omega-3 fatty acids, but that the studies in this review also included omega-3 fish oil supplements as a dietary source.
Overall, compared to those with lower levels, women who either consumed more omega-3s, or who had higher omega-3 tissue levels were 14 percent less likely to develop breast cancer. Doctors also found a possible link: chances for breast cancer declined by 5 percent for each incremental increase of 100 mg of omega-3s per day.
Reference: BMJ.2013 Jun 27;346:f3706