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Suspected Link Between Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

Scientists suspect a link between omega-3 fatty acids and an increased risk of prostate cancer.  While many doctors do not recommend omega-3 supplements, as it is unclear if they have any true health benefits, they may soon be warning against these supplements’ adverse effects on the body.

What Are Omega-3 Fatty Acids

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids are a group of fats found in plant oils (ALA) and marine oils (EPA and DHA).

    • Often found in fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna.
    • Marketed in Fish Oil Tablets and Flaxseed Oil Tablets as a supplement.
    • Sold over the counter without the need for prescription.
  • While there are no studies that show clear, published benefits of these tablets, they are advertised as doing everything from bettering heart health to being a natural solution for attention deficit disorder.

Suspected Dangers of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

“If you took an Omega-3 fatty acid pill or fish oil pill every day, you are in the highest risk group.” – Dr. Alan Kristal, Sky Journal

  • The study conducted took 834 men diagnosed with prostate cancer and compared them to a random sample of 1,343 men.
  • It was found that those with high blood concentrations of the fatty acids EPA, DPA, and DHA ran a 71% higher risk of prostate cancer.
  • This study supports a 2011 finding that high concentrations of DHA doubled men’s chances of prostate cancer.
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