Lower risk of bowel cancer death linked to high omega 3 intake after diagnosis

another benefit of increasing your omega-3

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Public Release: 19-Jul-2016

People with the disease may benefit from boosting dietary oily fish content, say researchers

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A high dietary intake of omega 3 fatty acids, derived from oily fish, may help to lower the risk of death from bowel cancer in patients diagnosed with the disease, suggests research published online in the journal Gut.

If the findings can be reproduced in other studies, patients with bowel cancer might benefit from boosting their oily fish intake to help prolong their survival, say the researchers.

Previous experimental research has shown that omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs)–namely, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and docosapentaenoic acid (DPA)–can suppress tumour growth and curb blood supply to malignant cells (angiogenesis).

The researchers base their findings on the participants of two large long term studies: the Nurses’ Health Study of 121,700 US registered female nurses, aged between 30 and 55 in 1976…

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