Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Research Findings Muddy Water on Oil Supplements; Shock Study Shows Omega-3 Fatty Acids Associated with an Increase in the Risk of Developing Prostate Cancer

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Research Findings Muddy Water on Oil Supplements; Shock Study Shows Omega-3 Fatty Acids Associated with an Increase in the Risk of Developing Prostate Cancer

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IF YOU take fish oil supplements, and you're a man, you may be wondering whether to stop following a shock study last week.

It was widely reported that research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found omega-3 fatty acids were associated with an increase of between 43% and 71% in the risk of developing prostate cancer.

It seems that while nutrients commonly found in fish fight potentially damaging inflammation, they may also increase oxidative damage to the DNA in cells.

What that means is that they may prepare an environment in which cancers can grow.

However, at this stage, scientists are not able to completely explain the connection with some in the medical community suggesting that more research is needed before jumping to conclusions.

However, lead author Alan Kristal, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle, said the study reinforced that nutritional supplements might be harmful.

Cancer Council Australia chief executive Ian Olver has also said: "There is a view out there that extra vitamins and antioxidants are good for you. …

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