Omega 3 fats may not guard against cancer

January 31, 2006 in Cancer Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News

Omega 3 fats may not guard against cancer

A recent study that reviewed 38 studies published between 1966 and 2005 examining the effects of omega 3 fatty acids has found that there is a lack of evidence to support claims that omega-3 consumption is linked with decreased cancer risk.

Researchers found 65 estimates of association between omega-3 consumption and decreased cancer risk. However, only 8 of those associations were found to be statistically significant.

Omega-3 has been gaining popularity in recent years as it has also been linked with improving cognitive function and protecting the heart against cardiovascular disease. Researchers warn that some omega-3 supplement products are being sold that claim to protect against condition including cancer and suggest consumers be wary.

These latest findings were published in the January 25th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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