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31 May 2010

Can Omega-3 prevent colon cancer?

The omega-3 fatty acids know as EPA and DHA are increasingly being hailed for their powerful health-promoting properties. And now a study claims it can help prevent colon cancer.

The omega-3 fatty acids know as EPA and DHA are increasingly being identified as nutrients with powerful health-promoting properties. A recent British study indicates that EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) can have a pronounced protective effect on precancerous growths in the colon.

A group of 55 patients who had already undergone surgery to remove precancerous rectal growths or polyps, were randomly divided into two groups. The one group was given 2 gram of EPA on a daily basis for 6 months, while the other group (the control group) received a placebo (dummy pill).

  • Fish, particularly oily fish like tuna, sardines, or mackerel
  • Omega-3-enriched eggs, bread and milk which can be found in most larger supermarkets

 
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