A study printed recently in the British Medical Journal online looked at 21 pieces of separate research into whether or not Omega 3 fish oil reduces breast cancer risk.
Together they included nearly 21,000 cases of breast cancer and over 880,000 participants.
This meta-analysis concluded that omega 3 from fish oils was associated with a 14 percent reduction of risk of breast cancer. And, the more fish oil taken, the lesser the risk.
For example, risk of breast cancer was reduced by 5 percent per 0.1g/day. The analysis concluded that higher consumption of marine Omega 3 is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer.
To achieve this risk reduction, intake of oily fish such as salmon, tuna or sardines should be 1-2 portions per person per week.
What was interesting was that there was no significant association with a reduced risk of breast cancer with the total amount of fish intake, it was the amount of Omega 3 intake that was important and also there was no reduced risk with the amount of alpha linolenic intake which comes from flaxseeds.
If you take a fish oil supplement remember the quality is really important. I recommend Nordic Naturals which are third party tested and guaranteed free from environmental toxins including heavy metals, dioxins and PCBs.
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