Omega-3 fatty acids slash colorectal cancer risk in men by 66 percent

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Omega-3 fatty acids slash colorectal cancer risk in men by 66 percent 
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 by: M. T. Whitney

What you need to know – Conventional View 
• Some research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids prevent omega-6 arachidonic acids from promoting cancer in the body. 
• Fatty acids make compounds called prostaglandins, which either become omega-3s or omega-6s. The omega-3 fatty acids suppress the inflammation of cancer, whereas omega-6 acids promote them. 
• The study found that men with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood had the lowest risk of colorectal cancer. The study looked at 178 men with colorectal cancer and 282 cancer-free controls. 
• Omega-3 fatty acids also have been associated with protecting the heart and improving cognitive function. 
• Colorectal cancer represents roughly one-tenth of all new cancer cases in the U.S., making it the third leading cause of death among Americans. (More statistics).  
• The areas of the world with the lowest rates of colorectal cancer are Asia and Africa. 
• The study was published in the journal
Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention
• “Blood levels of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids were associated with decreased risk of colorectal cancer among men not using aspirin,” the researchers wrote. 
What you need to know – Alternative View 
Statements and opinions by Mike Adams, author for Truth Publishing 
• Omega-3 fatty acid is a healing nutrient that helps prevent heart disease, depression, strokes and cancers. 
• Good sources of omega-3 fatty acids are flaxseed, hemp seed, chia seed and, for non-vegetarians, oily fish.  

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