Fish Oil May Not Be Such a Good Idea for Some


Just when you thought you finally had your vitamins and supplements all set, you may have to rethink them yet again. A new study has found that men with high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids in their bloodstream have a higher risk for developing prostate cancer. This is important in that the experts have been telling us for some time now that eating fatty fish like salmon is good because it reduces the risk of heart disease, among other benefits.

After people heard this, vitamin makers started churning out supplement pills that were loaded with these fatty acids and they are now one of the hottest supplements on the market. The problem is that like most things in the human body, a substance can be both good and bad at the same time. It might help your heart, but if it hurts your prostate, then maybe there’s an issue. What was not clear in the study, was whether the increased risk had to do with men taking the pills or men eating lots more fish. And keep in mind that the risk factor was significant. The study showed men with high Omega-3 levels had a 43 percent increased risk over men with low levels.

Obviously more study is needed and if you have a history of prostate cancer, you should talk to your doctor about whether or not you should take fish oil capsules or eat lots of fatty fish. There was no word on whether or not women had any similar effects in that they have no prostate gland.

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