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Diet Rich In Omega-3 Fatty Acids Significantly Reduces Risk Of Breast Cancer

February 21, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A Canadian study in mice shows that consumption of omega-3 fatty acids on a regular basis over a lifetime significantly reduces the occurrence and size of breast cancer tumors. Mice fed a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids developed only two-thirds as many tumors compared to the control mice. And the tumors were 30-percent smaller. "The fact that a food nutrient can have a significant effect on tumor development and growth is remarkable and has considerable implications in breast cancer prevention,” the researchers concluded.
Mira B. MacLennan et al., "Mammary tumor development is directly inhibited by lifelong n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids", The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, February 21, 2013, © Elsevier Inc.
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