According to research published in the January 2013 issue of the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, omega-3 fatty acids can inhibit growth of breast cancer tumors by 30 percent! The authors, who conducted the study at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, noted that this finding was statistically significant.
What are omega-3 fatty acids?
Omega-3 fatty acids are considered to be essential fatty acids, essential because they are necessary for human health. The body, however, can’ t manufacture them on its own; you have to get them through food sources. Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function, as well as normal growth and development.
Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and halibut; in other seafood, including algae and krill; and in some plants and nut oils.
What else can they do?
They have become popular because they may also reduce the risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, and salmon) at least 2 times a week.
Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in the body, which in turn reduces risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.This research, however, was specifically focused on the omega-3’s role in reducing breast cancer. Exciting stuff!
So consider incorporating more omega-3 fatty acids into your diet. Fish for dinner, anyone?