Omega-3 supplements are the new health threat reported CNN. Namely, recent research has linked this common dietary supplement with an increased risk of cancer.
As found by researchers, Omega-3 supplements put men at a higher risk of prostate cancer.
The study was carried out by three experts from New Zealand, who indicate that further research is needed to shed more light on how Omega-3 fats compromise a person’s health.
The study results revealed that people who have higher concentration of Omega-3 in their blood are at a 43% higher risk of prostate cancer than those with lower concentration.
Dr. Theodor Brasky, professor at the Ohio State University and lead study author, pointed out that men with a family history of prostate cancer, should urgently discuss this with their doctors as these pills contain high doses of Omega-3 fatty acids.
On the other hand, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men. If detected early, the chances of successful treatment are quite high.
“We have a tendency to talk about good and bad food, good and bad nutrients, but it’s not like that – not everything that is healthy for one person, has the same effect for another person” – says Dr. Brasky.
The thing is that some nutrients found in fish oil can potentially cause oxidative damage to cell DNA, thus creating ideal conditions for cancer development. Chronic stress can also lead to this.
Omega-3 intake is still regarded as a great protection against heart disease. The fatty acids in fish oil are believed to prevent heart disease and are therefore recommended by nutritionists as a regular dietary supplement.