Omega 3 fatty acids in diet can prevent cancer.

Omega 3 fatty acids in the diet can protect us to a great extent from growth of cancer, says a new study.

 Dietary consumption of omega-3 fatty acids can lead to the formation of cancer-fighting substances in the body, which may have some beneficial effects.

Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish like salmon and mackerel, walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds and canola oil, are good for our blood pressure and heart. A new study done by the University of Illinois shows that it can also help inhibit the growth of cancer.

The study found a class of molecules formed, when the body metabolises omega-3 fatty acids, could inhibit the growth of cancer. In a study done on mice, the researchers found that endocannabinoids molecules are made naturally by the body. For mice with tumours of osteosarcoma, a bone cancer that is painful and difficult to treat endocannabinoids slowed the growth of tumours and blood vessels, inhibited cancer cells from migrating and caused cancer cell death.

Our body has built-in endocannabinoid system which is anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing.  it is also anti-cancer, stopping the cells from proliferating or migrating. These molecules could address multiple problems such as cancer, inflammation and pain.


Govind Shukla, Specializes in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Nutraceuticals & Herbal Drugs has published More than 100 research papers in National & International Journals. He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics, Chief editor of IJPNR Journal & Freelance Medical Writer for Different publication Groups including Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken, Germany.