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Lots of Fish May Increase Survival Rate for Prostate Cancer

A study published in the November 2008 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating omega-3 rich seafood may increase the survival rate among prostate cancer patients by 48 percent.

The 22 year study followed more than 20,000 male doctors who participated in the Physician's Health Study. The participants were between the ages of 40 and 84 when the study began in 1983. All were cancer free at that time. During the 22 years that followed, 2,161 participants were diagnosed with prostate cancer and 230 died from it.

The researchers found that men who ate fish at least five times per week were 48 percent less likely to die from prostate cancer than those who ate fish less than once a week.

This study seems to support previous research that indicates you need about 850mg of key omega-3s EPA and DHA to experience the full health benefits. Even the most omega-3 rich fish contain a fraction of that amount. This may be the reason that only participants who ate fish 5 or more times per week saw the benefits.

When you get enough omega-3s the benefits can seem endless. Thousands of studies have associated omega-3s with improved heart health and cognitive function, lower cholesterol and better eye health. Some studies have even found that omega-3s may combat depression.

Increasing your fish consumption can certainly give you more of the key omega-3s, EPA and DHA. But unless you eat a lot of fish you probably aren't getting enough to see the health benefits. Using a high quality fish oil supplement may be a good way to bridge the gap.

Be careful when choosing an omega-3 supplement, because not all products are created equally. Make sure the one you choose is certified for purity and potency by a reputable agency and contains at least 750mg of combined EPA and DHA.
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