Omega 3 fatty acids in diet can prevent cancer from spreading

Omega 3 fatty acids in the diet can protect you to a great extent from growth of cancer, says a new study.
Dietary consumption of omega-3 fatty acids can lead to the formation of cancer-fighting substances in the body, which may have some beneficial effects.(Shutterstock)
Dietary consumption of omega-3 fatty acids can lead to the formation of cancer-fighting substances in the body, which may have some beneficial effects.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 14, 2018 04:19 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Soma Das

Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish like salmon and mackerel, walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds and canola oil, are good for your blood pressure and heart. A new study done by the University of Illinois shows that it can also help inhibit the growth of cancer.

The study found a class of molecules formed, when the body metabolises omega-3 fatty acids, could inhibit the growth of cancer. In a study done on mice, the researchers found that endocannabinoids molecules are made naturally by the body. For mice with tumours of osteosarcoma — a bone cancer that is painful and difficult to treat — endocannabinoids slowed the growth of tumours and blood vessels, inhibited cancer cells from migrating and caused cancer cell death.

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“We have a built-in endocannabinoid system which is anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing. Now we see it is also anti-cancer, stopping the cells from proliferating or migrating,” said researcher Aditi Das. “These molecules could address multiple problems: cancer, inflammation and pain,” she added.

Eating foods that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids can help as well. “Dietary consumption of omega-3 fatty acids can lead to the formation of these substances in the body, and may have some beneficial effects. However, if you have cancer, you want something concentrated and fast-acting,” said Das.

Researchers found that eating an omega-3 rich diet during pregnancy reduces risk of type 1 diabetes in kids. (Shutterstock)
Researchers found that eating an omega-3 rich diet during pregnancy reduces risk of type 1 diabetes in kids. (Shutterstock)

Here are some of the other benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids:

* Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish and spinach, may increase blood flow to areas in the brain associated with memory and learning, reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study claims.

* A study done by the University of Eastern Finland shows that eating fatty fish up to four times a week may increase the amount of good cholesterol and prevent risk of heart disease.

* Researchers found that eating an omega-3 rich diet during pregnancy reduces risk of type 1 diabetes in kids. A 2017 study from New Zealand, based on earlier research, found that omega-3 acids in the diet of pregnant women helps in the baby’s growth and development.

* Consuming an omega-3 fatty acid called DHA can help stop a known trigger of lupus, an inflammatory autoimmune disease, researchers at Michigan State University in the US have found after successful tests on mice.

(With inputs from ANI)

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