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Heart Healthy Omega 3s Not Healthy for Prostate

Written by Julie Stoddard

Omega-3 fatty acids are known to help a heart stay healthy, but one study says high levels of these acids may be associated with the risk of prostate cancer.

Researchers examined data from more than 3,400 men throughout the U.S. and found those with the highest blood percentages of docosahexaenoic acid were two and a half times more likely to develop prostate cancer than those with the lowest DHA levels. The research also showed that men with higher levels of unhealthy trans-fatty acids were at a lower risk of developing an aggressive prostate cancer.

DHA is an inflammation-reducing omega-3 fatty found mostly in fish products, including fish oil supplements.

The study found the risk of prostate cancer was 50 percent lower in men with the highest blood levels of trans-fatty acids, which are abundant in most processed foods. Trans-fatty acids are mostly associated with inflammation and heart disease.

Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle said there is no link between prostate cancer and omega-6 fatty acids, but consumers should use caution and moderation when it comes to fatty acids.

Article Reviewed: July 5, 2012
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