Fish (Omega-3): The Most Effective Food To Avoid Breast Cancer

Fish (Omega-3): The Most Effective Food To Avoid Breast Cancer


By baka komla | 30/01/2018 | 08:59

It's time to double the fish consumption. Scientists at the University of Guelph in Canada have found that omega-3s are eight times more effective than omega-3s from vegetables in preventing tumor growth and development.

Reduction of tumor size from 60 to 70%
The study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry compared the anti-cancer efficacy of omega-3 fatty acids from plants and oceans on the development of mammary tumors. There are three types of omega-3, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) that is herbal and found in flax seeds, nuts and in oils such as soy. Also, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) found in fish or algae. Scientists fed in utero mice with a very aggressive form of human breast cancer. Their diet included omega-3 from vegetables or from the marine environment. The results showed that marine omega-3 exposure reduced tumor size by 60-70% and tumors by 30%. To achieve these same results, higher doses of plant omega-3s were needed.

Fatty acids probably beneficial for all cancers
Professor David Ma, lead author of the study, said, "The mice were exposed to different omega-3s before the tumors grew, which allowed us to compare the effectiveness of fatty acids with prevention "before continuing:" it was known until now that EPA and DHA can inhibit the growth of breast tumors, but no one had directly examined the effectiveness of these omega-3s compared to ALA. " Scientists have also explained the mechanism of omega-3s: fatty acids activate the genes associated with the immune system and block the growth pathways of tumors. Professor David Ma concluded, "By seeing the significant benefits that omega-3s can have in fighting a very aggressive form of breast cancer, omega-3s are likely to be beneficial for other types of cancer."

Tips: If the human body knows how to make fatty acids from omega 3, it cannot produce omega 3 on its own, so they must be brought by food. The professor invites the public to consume two to three servings of fish a week to achieve the same effects as the result of this study, which seems rather easy to achieve. As a reminder, salmon is the star of foods rich in omega-3 but it is not alone! Sardines, tuna, mackerel, and trout are also particularly interesting oily fish for refueling with omega 3. Not to mention the famous fish oil, produced by the processing of fish remains by the fishing industry, which is a proven source of omega 3 fatty acids.

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