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July 10th, 2010:

Omega-3’s May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer

In a recent study published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention Journal, researcher Dr. Emily White, PhD. stated that “There is some limited evidence from my study and others that fish oil may be good for preventing breast cancer, but there is not sufficient evidence to make a public health recommendation right now.”  Even with the caution, she continued to say that “If you are taking fish oil now for other reasons, this is reassuring that it may have beneficial effects beside what you are taking it for.”

Omega-3’s are taken by many people for their benefit with heart related conditions.  Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may also reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.  Research also shows that high levels of omega-3 fatty acids promote cardiovascular health and help retain normal blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Omega-3s also support healthy brain, vision, and joint function.*

Involving more that 35,000 postmenopausal women, each completed a questionnaire about their use of supplements.  Included in the list of supplements was Fish Oil (Omega 3’s), St. John’s wort, acidophilus,soy, black cohosh, glucosamine, chondroitin, dong quai, methylsulfonylmethane, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, melatonin and garlic pills .

Consistent use of Omega-3 fatty acids was linked to a “32 per cent reduced risk of breast cancer, according to the findings published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention”  The reduction was in the most common type of breast cancer, invasive ductal carcinoma.

Seems the anti-inflammatory properties of Omega-3’s was the key to the prevention.  Since inflammation causes cells to divide, and when cells divide there is an opportunity for genetic errors and those errors lead to cancer according to Dr. White.   Harvard University is launching a major clinical trial to access Omega-3’s.


Now remember a previous post that referred to the findings that some Omega 3’s had high amounts of contaminants, but that there is one source for pure Omega 3’s.  Shaklee Corporation’s OmegaGuard is:

Ultrapure and Pharmaceutical Grade
OmegaGuard is made with a proprietary, triple molecular distillation process that concentrates the natural beneficial omega-3 fatty acids while removing harmful compounds like mercury and lead that are found in many types of fish.

World’s Finest Fish Oil
Contains a full spectrum of seven naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids: EPA, DHA, ALA, and more. EPA benefits your heart and joints, while DHA is critical for brain development and function.*

  • Helps reduce the risk of heart disease†
  • Ultra pure, pharmaceutical grade, triple molecular distillation
  • World’s finest fish oil with full spectrum potency of seven omega-3s

One serving of OmegaGuard provides 905 mg of EBP & DHA Omega-3 fatty acids.

I just wonder what the results would have been if these women had been taking a Resveratrol product like Vivix?  Makes you wonder…

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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