There’s been a LOT of debate about “the wall” over the past couple of years.
But no matter where you fall on that dispute I’m betting there’s one barricade we can ALL agree is a good idea. Which is building a barrier against cancer.
And scientists have just announced that an easy to find fat could be the key to doing just that.
The exciting new animal study, published in the journal Clinical & Experimental Metastasis, revealed that omega-3 fatty acids could be a powerful partner in the fight against cancer.
The TRUTH about omega-3 and omega-6
Most folks think omega-3 fatty acids are the heroes and omega-6s are the villains. But that’s not entirely accurate.
Omega-3s are healthy, polyunsaturated fats we get in our food. They fight inflammation. And they help protect us from all kinds of major diseases such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and as it turns out cancer.
Omega-6s, however, aren’t the bad guys in this story either. They too are found in some of the healthy foods we eat such as nuts, seeds, and chicken. And together, both omegas have important tasks to perform such as helping keep our brain and bones strong and supporting a healthy metabolism.
But… and you knew there was one… the average American diet has an omega-3 and omega-6 ratio that’s WAY off kilter. We tend to eat far too many omega-6s and far too few omega-3s.
And that’s a set up for systemic, body-wide inflammation. And it encourages chronic diseases including arthritis, dementia, and cancer.
Omega-3 curbs cancer growth and spread
Which brings us to that exciting new study I mentioned earlier.
Researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center say adding more omega-3 fatty acids to your diet could help curb the growth and spread of breast cancer cells.
For the experiment, one group of mice received plant oils which were high in omega-6s and the other got fish oil which was rich in omega-3s.
And when the mice were injected with a super-aggressive form of breast cancer cells, something shocking happened.
Tumors were slow growing and 50% smaller
Some of the mice given omega-3 NEVER developed cancer. And in those which did develop cancer, the tumors took FAR longer to grow.
Plus the tumors in the omega-3 mice were around 50 percent smaller than those which formed in the omega-6 mice.
Equally as exciting the cancer cells were far less likely to spread, or metastasize, in the omega-3 mice. And according to the study, there were more of the white blood cells known as T-cells in their tissues.
Build a barrier against cancer with omega-3
The omega-3 appears to have formed an effective barrier against the cancer cells. And as a result, the mice were likely to live significantly longer. And the researchers think they know why. It comes back to the inflammation I talked about earlier.
We know that omega-3s suppress inflammation while excess omega-6s promote it. Which is why no one was surprised to find out that the omega-3 mice had far less inflammation.
And the experts believe inflammation may trigger the rapid development of tumors, as well as suppress T-cell response.
Raise your omega-3 levels naturally
To raise your own levels of EPA and DHA omega-3s eat more wild-caught, fresh, cold-water fish such as…
If you aren’t a seafood fan fish-oil supplements are an option too. And to raise ALA, another omega-3 fatty acid, eat more plant foods such as ground chia seeds, Brussels sprouts, walnuts, and ground flaxseeds.
Aim for one to two servings of omega-3 rich foods daily to keep your levels topped up. And you’ll be fighting inflammation and helping to build a wall against heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer and more.
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