Just look at what eating a little salmon did for men: It reduced their risk of aggressive prostate cancer (the kind where they cut out your prostate) by a whopping 63 percent.
A study conducted at the University of California San Francisco looked at 466 men with aggressive prostate cancer and 478 men healthy men. Scientists from UCSF asked the men about the foods they ate. Then, they took samples of the patients’ blood to see if they carried the COX-2 gene known to increase prostate cancer risk.
They found that men who carried the gene and had low levels of omega-3s had a five-fold increased risk of getting prostate cancer.
Fish could reduce your prostate cancer risk by 63%!
On the other had, the men with the highest levels of the omega-3s in their blood reduced their risk of getting cancer by 63 percent. And their risk diminished even if they carried the COX-2 gene!
The researchers noted the men who ate dark, oily fish – such as salmon – got the biggest boost. What’s most shocking is that just a little bit of salmon did the trick. In fact, the men who got the most protection ate salmon just one to three times per week.
It can be hard to find fresh wild-caught salmon year round. So check your grocer’s freezer section. My store carries a whole section of frozen wild-caught fish. Maybe yours does too.
And if you find you STILL can’t stomach fish then consider adding a fish oil supplement to your daily routine. Fish oil is packed with omega-3 fatty acids and delivers many of the same benefits that the real deal offers.
Dr. Allan Spreen
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