Colon polyps and omega-3 fatty acids

March 24, 2010

Polyps found in the gut are often precancerous warning. If left untreated, they can turn cancerous and lead to the development of bowel cancer.

In a recent study, researchers wanted to see if taking omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish oil) could reduce polyp growth and size in people who are at high risk of getting bowel cancer. They took 55 patients and split them into two groups. One group took omega-3 fatty acids and the other took a look-alike placebo pill.

The study showed that by taking 2 gram of omega-3 fatty acids for 6 months, polyps formation dropped by 12%, while the group taking a placebo increased by 10%. This is a significant difference and clearly shows the health benefits of omega-3 in reducing colon cancer risks.

This is good news indeed and has lead some expert to believe that vomega-3's perhaps can also treat other forms of cancer. Moreover, omega's found in fish oil is shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.

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