Omega 3 Fatty Acids & Prostate Cancer…Linked or Not?

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The appropriate answer to this headline is…still unclear.  A recent study was released that found a potential link between Omega 3 Fatty Acids and risk for developing prostate cancer.  Omega 3 fatty Acids  are not only the main health benefit in Fish Oil supplements, but naturally found in certain foods such as certain fish, nuts, avocado, and other common foods.  They are often recommended to improve cardiovascular disease, specifically higher amounts are used to reduce high triglycerides which are part of our Lipid (cholesterol) Panel.  They are also often recommended in joint health, to reduce inflammation, and to improve skin, hair, and nails.  The recent studies were really unclear on whether the high amounts of Omega 3 Fatty Acids were a direct causation of increased prostate cancer risk, if there was a correlation, or just incidental.  For now, speak to your healthcare provider first to discuss whether you should continue to include Omega 3 Fatty Acids in your daily diet.  For more information, and a breif overview and commentary from The American Cancer Society, follow this link.


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