Omega-3s may inhibit prostate cancer cell growth

Omega-3s may inhibit prostate cancer cell growth

According to a recent study from Washington State University (WSU), getting enough omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent cancer cells in the prostate from multiplying. Although other studies have previously shown that omega-3s reduce inflammation and lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes, this is the first to show that these fatty acids may be effective against cancer.

The researchers added omega-3 fatty acids to prostate cell cultures to observe how they would interact with the cells. They found that omega-3s bond to a cell receptor that inhibits the growth and proliferation of cancer cells, suppressing the spread of these cells throughout the prostate. The researchers also used a drug designed to mimic omega-3s and obtained similar results.

According to the study's author, Dr. Kathryn E. Meier of WSU, the most effective way to obtain omega-3s is unclear, but the evidence is clear that the nutrient can inhibit the spread of cancer.

"This kind of knowledge could lead us to better treat or prevent cancer because now we know how it works," she wrote. "It's very difficult in dietary studies to tell how much to take or what form to take. Should you be eating fish? Should you be taking pills? But now we have a potential drug."

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