Supplements are among the current trend to ensure that we put into our bodies all of the nutrients that we need. However, recent studies are showing it might be a better idea to skip the once “heart healthy” Omega-3 Fatty Acid (Fish Oil) supplement because it is being linked to the growing number of men being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Studies are showing that men who consume a lot of omega-3 fatty acids are 43 percent more likely going to develop prostate cancer in their lifetime. Within that 43 percent, 71 percent of those men with a diet high in fatty acids will increase their risk of having a high grade prostate cancer.
This year alone, over 238,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer according to the National Cancer Institute. “We’ve shown once again that use of nutritional supplements may be harmful,” states Dr. Alan Kristal. The study involved 834 men who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, with 156 having high-grade type. They were compared to 1,393 randomly selected cancer-free men.
The group that ate the highest amount of omega-3 fatty acids had about 2.5 percent more of the compounds in their blood compared to the group that ate the lowest amount. “The difference corresponded to a little larger than eating two extra servings of salmon weekly. “If you took an omega-3 fatty acid pill, or a fish oil pill every day, you are at the highest risk group,” Kristal noted.
Doctors aren’t recommending changing eating habits, instead they are suggesting that you make an appointment with your physician to discuss any concerns you may have about prostate cancer. It might be time to skip the daily supplements and eat a well balanced diet. Omega-3 fatty acids were once thought to cut the risk factors of several diseases. It is now being found guilty of causing a greater possibility of being diagnosed with prostate cancer.