Omega 3 Fatty Acids

April 27, 2011 by Post Team 

Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Omega-3 fatty acids have been associated with improved cardiovascular health, leading some health experts to promote fatty fish and fish oil supplements to patients at risk of developing heart disease.

But a new study published in the April 25 American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that, while the omega-3 fatty acids can benefit the heart, high levels can damage the prostate.

Medical researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, examined 3,400 men in the United States who ate fatty fish as part of their daily diet, and found that those with higher concentrations of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), a type of omega-3 fatty acids, are 2.5 times more likely to have an aggressive type of prostate cancer.

Surprisingly, those with high levels of trans fatty acids commonly found in processed foods and linked to heart disease have a 50 percent lower aggressive prostate cancer.

Although he said he was surprised with the results, the research team, however, said the results show that the “complexity of nutrition and its impact on disease risk, and that we must rigorously examine these associations instead of making assumptions. ”

Researchers led by Theodore M. Brasky, who is a researcher in the Cancer Prevention Program in Huthchinson said that men who are at risk of developing heart disease should continue to eat fish or take supplements of omega-3 fatty acids, and that the benefits outweigh the comparative risks.

Most nutritionists recommend a healthy balanced diet of fish, vegetables and other foods high in fiber to reduce the risk of heart disease while taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements in modest amounts.

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