You already know that omega-3 fatty acids are excellent for your brain and heart health. Now, a new study has found that a certain type of omega-3 is highly effective at preventing tumours - marine-based omega-3 found in fish oil and marine life such as fish, algae and phytoplankton.
According to the study, fish oil is eight times more effective than plant-based sources of omega-3, such as edible seeds and oils, at preventing cancer.
“This study is the first to compare the cancer-fighting potency of plant- versus marine-derived omega-3s on breast tumour development,” said study author David Ma, a professor at the University of Guelph in Canada.
There are three different types of omega-3 fatty acids – ALA, EPA and DHA
There are three types of omega-3s – a-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). ALA is plant-based and found in edible seeds like flaxseed and oils like soy, canola and hemp
. EPA and DHA, on the other hand, are found in marine life and fish oil.
“There’s evidence that both omega-3s from plants and marine sources are protective against cancer
and we wanted to determine which form is more effective,” explained Ma.
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Fish oil is eight times more effective at inhibiting tumour development and growth than other oils…
For his study, Ma fed the three different types of omega-3s to mice with a highly aggressive form of human breast cancer
called HER-2, which affects 25% of women and has a poor prognosis. Beginning in utero, he exposed the mice to either the plant-based or marine-based omega-3s.
“The mice were exposed to the different omega-3s even before tumours developed, which allowed us to compare how effective the fatty acids are at prevention,” he said. “It’s known that EPA and DHA can inhibit breast tumour
growth, but no one has looked directly at how effective these omega-3s are compared to ALA.”
Overall, Ma found that exposure to marine-based omega-3s decreased the number of tumours by 30% and the size of tumours by 60%. He noted that higher doses of plant-based omega-3 were needed to achieve the same effect as the marine-base fatty acid.
The best source of marine-based omega-3 is fish oil, which you can buy online or at any pharmacy.
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