Fish Oil and Prostate Cancer

Should you stop taking fish oil?

A 2013 study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that men with the highest concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood had a 71 percent greater risk for developing a deadly type of prostate cancer.

While that may sound worrisome, a more recent look at the research suggests there’s no reason to take fish off your menu.

The most important thing to know is that this is not a definitive finding.  In other words, it wasn’t a controlled clinical trial.

Those who participated in the study had their blood drawn once a year.

Bottom line – The results basically provided a small snapshot of what was in their blood at the time of testing  instead of a clear picture of their long-term chronic intake of omega-3 fatty acids and its impact on prostate health.

It’s wise to remember that the internet can be a great source of  information and misinformation. Always check with your doctor and always get an annual physical examination along with a PSA test.


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