The omega-6 linoleic acid was also associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer.
To examine the effect of omega-3 fatty acids on the risk pf prostate cancer, researchers compared blood levels in 476 men with prostate cancer, and the same number of healthy controls.
Researchers found that men with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids had a 41 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer.
The highest levels of linoleic acid were also associated with 38 percent lower risk.
Rich sources of omega 3 fatty acids include fatty fish, flaxseeds, walnuts and soybeans. Rich sources or linoleic acid include sunflower, safflower, corn and soybean oils.
These latest findings were published in the journal Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarker & Prevention.
According to the Canadian Cancer Society prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in Canadian men. One in eight men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime.
To learn more about prostate cancer, please visit the Canadian Cancer Society here.
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