Study finds link between fish oil and higher prostate cancer risk
A new study is raising questions about omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in oily fish and fish supplements, suggesting that men with high levels of the oils in their bloods might also have a higher risk of prostate cancer.
Omega-3 fatty acids have long been hailed for their apparent ability to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and perhaps protect against heart disease. They’ve also thought to have anti-inflammatory properties that might help prevent a number of forms of cancer.
But a new study has found that men with prostate cancer were more likely to have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood than similar men without prostate cancer.
Eating a balanced diet without trying to induce higher than necessary levels of one supplement or another continues to look like the best approach.
That doesn't make me anti-vitamins—I take a B-12 tablet since it's been proven through medical tests that I don't digest B-12 properly, and the occasional iron tablet since I run a bit anemic naturally—but the more I read the more I'm glad I didn't jump on the whole mega-vitamin and supplement craze.