Radical Remedies: Omega 3 Fatty Acids And Prostate Cancer
They’re still talking about it in the natural health industry: the recent controversy of ingesting Omega 3 fatty acids (found in fish oil) and the supposedly increased risk of prostate cancer. This one really is shocking, especially when considering the fact that countries that have a history of high consumption of fish like Japan and the Mediterranean countries have always had the lowest occurrence of prostate cancer. Whereas North American countries that have low fish consumption and high consumption of fast and processed foods have the highest rate of this cancer. But let’s take a closer look at the study that produced these controversial results.
The study design was basically taking 834 men who were already diagnosed with prostate cancer and comparing their Omega 3 fatty acid levels in blood to 1393 randomly selected men without prostate cancer. The conclusion was that the men with prostate cancer had statistically significantly higher levels of Omega 3 fatty acids.