Omega-3s Linked to Lower Risk of Developing Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer among women. Recently, a study has been released that links omega-3 fatty acids with a 14% reduced risk of developing breast cancer.
This analysis included 21 studies that were published in 26 publications and included 883,585 participants. In all, 20,905 cases of breast cancer were recorded.
After analyzing the data, the researchers found that women with the highest intake of marine-derived omega-3s had a 14% lower chance of developing breast cancer when compared with women who had the lowest intake. However, plant-derived omega-3s, called ALA, were found to have no protective effect
The researchers also found that every 0.1 g/day or 0.1% calorie/day increment of marine-derived omega-3 was correlated with a 5% reduction in risk.
The study was conducted by researchers from Zhejiang University in China. It was published on June 27, 2013, in BMJ.
Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including alleviating arthritis pain, better moods, improved joint mobility, helping with age related macular degeneration, and aiding your immune system.
Because omega-3 fatty-acids are not found naturally in the human body, it is especially important to make sure that they are a part of your daily diet. Oily, dark fish such as tuna and salmon are high in DHA and EPA omega-3s.