The Hutchinson study on omega-3 fatty acids and prostate cancer risk has led to confusion regarding the positive effects of omega-3s on breast cancer risk. According to a meta-analysis of 26 clinical studies, increasing intakes of omega-3 fatty acids could cut the risk of developing breast cancer by up to 14 percent. Krill oil is the safest, most potent source of omega-3 fatty acids on the market. The results from this analysis indicate that women can significantly reduce their risk of breast cancer by supplementing their diet with high-quality omega 3 fatty acids like OmegaKrill with Licaps® technology.
Omega 3 vs. Omega 6
We actually need both types of fat in our diets – omega-3 and omega-6. It is a misconception that one is “good” and the other is “bad.” Both perform distinct biological functions and offer their own unique health benefits. The challenge comes when you have excessive amounts of either one of them.
The human body is meant to consume a 1:1 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. However, the ratio commonly consumed by many Americans is 1:15 meaning that most people consume an overabundance of omega-6 while being woefully deficient in omega-3 fatty acids.
Rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids include fish, particularly cold-water fish like salmon, mackerel, halibut and herring, as well as fish oil supplements. Omega-6 fatty acids are found in meat and dairy products as well as common vegetable oils such as corn, safflower and soy.
Breast Cancer Background
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers and the leading cause of death from cancer among women, accounting for approximately 23 percent of the total cancer cases and 14 percent of cancer deaths each year.
Scientific studies have consistently found that omega-3 fatty acids protect against breast cancer while a higher intake of omega-6 fatty acids is linked to an increased risk for breast cancer. Studies include those that examined the fatty acid composition of breast tissue from patients with breast cancer compared to those with benign breast disease. The results showed that women with the highest ratio of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA+DHA) to omega-6 fatty acids had a 67 percent reduced risk of breast cancer.
To fully investigate the association between omega-3 fatty acids and the risk of breast cancer, researchers in China analyzed the results of 26 international studies involving almost 900,000 women, including 20,000 who had breast cancer. The scientists found that those women who had consumed the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids from fish were 14 percent less likely to have breast cancer, compared with those who ate the least.
The risk of breast cancer was reduced by 5 percent for every 100 mg per day of long chain omega 3s (EPA+DHA). Interestingly, no protective effect was noted for the intake of plant based omega-3 fatty acids (ALA) found in flaxseeds, walnuts and canola oil.
Published on June 27, 2013 in the British Medical Journal, the authors concluded that their work “provides solid and robust evidence that marine omega-3 fatty acids are inversely associated with risk of breast cancer.”
The results from this analysis indicate that women can significantly reduce their risk of breast cancer by supplementing their diet with high-quality omega 3 fatty acids. Ideally, we would get all of the animal-based omega-3s we need from eating fish and seafood, the animal products richest in omega-3 (EPA and DHA). Unfortunately, much of our fish and seafood is contaminated with a variety of dangerous toxins like mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
Krill oil is the exception. Because it is harvested from the pristine waters of the Antarctic, it does not contain harmful pollutants. It is also the most potent source of omega-3 fatty acids. And because our bodies more readily absorb krill oil, you won’t encounter the unpleasant aftertaste you get from fish oil. OmegaKrill from Dr. Newton’s Naturals also uses the unique Licaps® technology to ensure secure sealing of their capsules, protecting them from oxidation and becoming rancid.