Researchers at The Yale University School of Medicine announced a collaborative agreement with Martek Biosciences Corporation of Columbia, Md to conduct a pilot study to collect preliminary data on the use of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid, as a possible breast cancer preventive agent for women.
Evidence from animal as well as population studies suggests that this omega-3 fat abundant in oily fish may be protective against breast cancer. The goal of this research is to explore a new approach for breast cancer prevention, using DHA, a natural dietary supplement.
DHA is an important building block of the brain and visual tissues. DHA is an important dietary nutrient and is a key component of breast milk. Laboratory studies have demonstrated that DHA oil can suppress human breast cancer metastases in mice.
While animal results are encouraging, now a human study is underway to determine of the value of DHA as a breast cancer preventive agent for women. While we wait for the results, it makes good sense to eat more fish, especially salmon, trout, sardines, mackerel and herring (LB).
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