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Fish Oil Supplements May Help Stave Off Breast Cancer Among Postmenopausal Women

July 15, 2010 by  

Fish oil supplements may help stave off breast cancer among postmenopausal women Older women may be able to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer by taking daily fish oil supplements, according to a new study.

Lead investigator Emily White, an epidemiologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and her colleagues recruited more than 35,000 postmenopausal women who had no history of breast cancer, and asked them to complete a dietary questionnaire regarding their intake of non-vitamin, non-mineral specialty supplements.

After six years of monitoring the participants, the researchers found that a total of 880 women had developed breast cancer. When analyzing the questionnaires, they discovered that women who routinely took fish oil supplements had a 32 percent reduced risk of developing invasive ductal breast cancer, the most common form of the disease.

The results of the study "reinforce something that most of us feel in our hearts but are struggling to prove," David Pearlstone, chief of the division of breast surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center, told "Fish oil probably is really good for you in a lot of ways, but the data has been [slow] in coming."

White and her colleagues note that the findings need to be replicated in a randomized trial to confirm the link between fish oil supplements and a reduction in breast cancer.

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  • unique

    I am going to be 68 years old in October.
    I take 4 Fish Oil, 2 MVI, 10,000U Vit D,
    1 Lutinen, 2 Potassium, 2 Iron, 2000mg Calcium
    a day and 11/2 cc Vit B12 inj a week.
    I walk at least 1 mile a day and continue to
    work 4 days a week. I feel great except that
    my Arthritis causes me pain in the morning.

  • alfredoe

    Hi All. If you want to lower the risks of getting cancer, it may be important you take in consideration the following. Eating fish has no problems, if you don’t do it too often. But if you want to supplement your diet with the proper amounts of omega 3 by just eating fish, it could be a health risk. You would have to eat fish almost every day and that could mean dangerous amounts of mercury in your nervous system.

    It is important to have in mind that there are certain conditions to get the benefits fish oil can bring.

    You need to take a good quality fish oil, free from mercury and other contaminants. That is a molecularly distilled fish oil.

    Then, you need to take a minimum amount of fish oil, krill oil or cod liver oil at a certain frequency.

    There is not an establish amount of omega 3 for any health benefit but I recommend to take at least 900 mg per day of omega 3 fats (close to 3.000 mg of fish oil), EPA plus DHA, per day. You should increase these amounts if you are overweight or you have degenerative disorders, like hypertension or high triglycerides.

    Also, you should lower your intake of omega 6 fats (mostly grains and grain oils) since omega 3 and omega 6 counteract each other in the body. The best way to reduce omega 6 fats is to eliminate all starches from your diet, that is all grains and grain oils.

    Best wishes,


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