Eating oily fish or taking fish oil supplements may help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (July Issue). The study found consumption of fish oil was correlated with a 32 percent reduced risk of breast cancer.
Fish oil, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids, has already been found protective against a number of cancers. Another study, which was published in the September issue of the International Journal of Cancer found that women who had a low intake of marine-derived omega-3 fatty acids and a high intake of omega-6 fatty acids were twice as likely to develop breast cancer compared with those who had high intake of marine-derived omega-3 fatty acids and low intake of omega-6 fatty acids.
This means that we should decrease our vegetable oils (eg safflower, soybean, canola, and corn oils) which are commonly found in processed foods, and increase our fish oils. You may only need one fish oil capsule per day to help this balance, possibly more if you don’t eat oily fish.
It is important to take an extremely clean and high quality fish oil such as MetaPure which we have at Avedissian Natural Health. This fish oil is made from tiny non-toxic fish such as anchovies and sardines plus it is one of the most purified fish oils in Australia. Unfortunately Australian standards for fish oils allow a high level of impurities compared to the rest of the world!