A couple of weeks ago the main stream media went nuts with a deceptive study trying to link omega 3's with prostate cancer.
One deceptive headline read
"Men who take fish oil omega-3 supplements at 71% higher risk of prostate cancer: study"
What the media didn't focus on is that the participants used for this study already had cancer and some of them had family histories of prostate cancer !!
Another problem with this study is that they measured blood plasma levels of DHA which is not a good indicator of dietary habits because blood levels only show what was recently consumed and does not tell you how often DHA is consumed in that persons diet.
No one investigated or recorded where the source of DHA was coming from. What foods were they eating? What supplements were they taking? How was the food prepared? Fried ? Baked ? Raw?
(cooking destroys essential fatty acids !!)
Did they even use supplements?
Did the cancer cause a rise in DHA levels? or Did the DHA cause cancer?
This was obviously a terribly conducted study and I think that it was meant to scare people away from supplementing with Essential Fatty acids.
The thing that I want people to realize is that Essential Fatty acids are ESSENTIAL FOR HEALTH. WITHOUT THEM YOU DEGENERATE AND DIE.
Every cell in your body requires them to maintain their cell membranes including brain cells.
These scientists and doctors who make comments like the ones below either do not understand basic
biochemistry and how a proper study should be conducted or they are bought and paid for by pharmaceutical companies with vested interest.
"We've shown once again that use of nutritional supplements may be harmful"
"For the most part, doctors do not recommend this stuff because it is unclear what the true benefits are for most of the supplements that people take."
There are many studies showing that Omega 3 fatty acids are beneficial in the prevention of cancer !!
Do a google scholar search and you will see many studies supporting this.
Here are a few:
Dietary ω -3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid DHA: A Potential Adjuvant in the Treatment of Cancer.
Fatty acid metabolite shows promise against cancer in mice
The docosahexaenoic (DHA), a ω-3 fatty acid, could play a beneficial inhibition of the incidence and progress of a series of human diseases including cancer
Plasma Phospholipid Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer Risk in the SELECT Trial