Two More Studies Added to the Sea of Evidence in Support of Fish Oil
Did you know that Youngevity led the way in petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to establish health claims regarding the benefits of omega-3s (aka fish oil)?
Omega-3 essential fatty acids are vital nutrients with well-documented health benefits. They are commonly referred to as “fish oil" because primary sources include cold water, fatty fish such as mackerel, herring, tuna, halibut, and salmon. According to a recent survey by ConsumerLab.com, as many people now take a fish oil supplement as a multivitamin.
In addition to their cardio-protective benefits, omega-3s are increasingly recognized as important support for eye, brain, immune, and joint health and cancer prevention. Two newly-published studies further underscore these potential benefits.
New research conducted by researchers at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and published in Cancer Prevention Research suggests that a dietary regimen of low fat and fish oil supplementation may be effective in slowing the progression of prostate cancer, as compared to a typical Western diet.1
The typical Western diet is inordinately high in pro-inflammatory omega-6 rich foods such as red meats and processed and fast foods, but low in anti-inflammatory omega-3 rich foods such as fish, flaxseed, dark green vegetables, and nuts. Many nutritional researchers blame this imbalance, estimated to be as high as a 17:1 ratio, for the epidemic in inflammatory chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.2
A phase II randomized trial showed slower cancer-cell growth in men with prostate cancer who ate a low-fat diet with fish oil supplements for four to six weeks prior to having their prostates removed, compared to men who ate a traditional, high-fat Western diet.
Researchers collected blood samples before and after the diet began, and tissue samples from the removed prostates were examined. Among their findings:
“You truly are what you eat," said Dr. William Aronson, who led the study. “We are extremely pleased about our findings, which suggest that by altering the diet, we may favorably affect the biology of prostate cancer."
Aronson cautioned that he could not recommend dietary changes based on the study due to the short duration and small sample size. However, based on these results he is organizing a much larger, randomized, longer-term study.
A new animal study published in the journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, suggests that omega-3 fish oil may “substantially and significantly" ease signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA).
Researchers at the University of Bristol fed OA-prone Dunkin-Hartley (DH) guinea pigs and OA-resistant Bristol Strain-2s (BS2) guinea pigs either a standard diet or omega-3 rich diet for 10 to 30 weeks.
The OA-prone animals fed the omega-3 diet showed reduced disease. Early signs of OA, such as degradation of collagen in cartilage and the loss of molecules that give cartilage its shock-absorbing properties, were reduced in the omega-3 groups.
Said lead author Dr. John Tarlton, “Osteoarthritis in guinea pigs is perhaps the most appropriate model for spontaneous, naturally occurring OA, and all of the evidence supports the use of omega-3 in human disease."
He added, “Most diets in the developed world are lacking in omega-3, with modern diets having up to 30 times too much omega-6 and too little omega-3. Taking omega-3 will help redress this imbalance and may positively contribute to a range of other health problems."
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