Article published by: Zarifa Eshova, IWS Health Advocate, Researcher
Inflammation and Cancer
Inflammation in the body has been linked to increased risk of developing cancer. This is because active inflammation provides a good growing environment for cancerous cells, thereby, not only initiating formation of a tumor, but also further progressing it. Previous studies have shown that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen can help fight against cancer. Not only did they reduce the risk of developing cancer, but they were also linked to lower mortality rates in patient with lung cancer.
Omega-3 Fatty Acid
Omega-3 fatty acids are known for their role in preventing cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, or heart failure. An article published on the Tanaffos emphasizes that Omega-3 fatty acids decrease blood pressure and heart rate due to their blood thinning effects. While including Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet is not only good for your heart, recent studies suggest that they may also play a role in preventing cancer.
According to clinicaltrials.gov, Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the risk of breast cancer initiation and further development. They act as anti-inflammatory agents which control the environment in which a tumor may develop. Furthermore, Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically eicosatetraenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acids, also known as EPA and DHA respectively, have shown to lower levels of depression. While some believe that their effect on depression can be linked to the anti-inflammatory effects, others believe that it may be related to its ability to pass through the brain cell membrane. Nevertheless, meta-analyses suggest that Omega-3’s are effective in preventing depression.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Incorporation into Diet
Omega-3 fatty acids can be incorporated in your diet through Omega-3 rich foods or supplements that can be bought over the counter. While taking supplements may be an easy way to consume these fats, eating certain foods that are rich in Omega-3’s can be tastier, cheaper, and more effective.
Some foods that are rich in Omega-3’s include:
- Seafoods (salmon, herring, sardines, tuna, or trout)
- Plant oils (flaxseed oil, soybean oil, canola oil)
- Breads with Flaxseed
- Nuts (walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds)
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