Omega-3 supplements are something that I have taken every day for years, which makes it very disconcerting to see reports saying that it is going to increase my risk for getting prostate cancer.
But aren’t the omega-3 fatty acids, especially those found in deep water oily fishes, essential for our body and even recommended by the American Heart Association?
And aren’t omega-3 supplements highly recommended by health professionals as highly beneficial for heart health and controlling chronic inflammation?
I know that omega-3 was the first dietary supplement that I ever took [besides a multiple vitamin] and I was told that I should take it by my cardiologist.
So, why would a supplement made from a natural food source and so widely studied and recommended for good nutritional health, start receiving press coverage that has been called undeservedly bad?
Here are some of the headlines that have been released:
- Link Between Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Increased Prostate Cancer Risk Confirmed
- Omega-3 Supplement Taken By Millions ‘Linked to Aggressive Prostate Cancer’
- Men who take omega-3 supplements at 71% higher risk of prostate cancer
- Omega-3 supplements may trigger prostate cancer
- Hold the salmon: Omega-3 fatty acids linked to higher risk of cancer
These headlines are perfect examples of gross misreporting of science by the media, and it is instances like this that demonstrate why you cannot trust the conventional press to keep you informed about health.
In the words of Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, the media’s reporting on this particular study is “disgraceful, incompetent, and scientifically illiterate.” I couldn’t agree more.
more – Omega-3 Fats Raise Prostate Cancer Risk
Omega-3 Prostate Cancer Study Discrepancies
A raft of industry and academic experts have slammed the publication of a recent study claiming to ‘confirm’ a link between long-chain omega-3s and an increased risk of prostate cancer – arguing that the authors conclusions are overblown and have caused widespread scaremongering.
While the researchers warn that fish oil supplements may be dangerous based on their findings, this study cannot show causation. Furthermore, no fish oil supplements were actually given as part of this study.
Foods rich in omega-3 fats have previously been shown to prevent prostate cancer from spreading, and one recent meta-analysis found that fish consumption was associated with a 63 percent reduction in prostate cancer-specific mortality.
Adding to the debate, experts from GOED (the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s) said that if the findings of the new study were true, “then prostate cancer would be rampant in any country with high seafood consumption (Scandinavia, Japan etc) and conversely, low level consumption should be protective.”
“Clearly this is not the case.”
more – Experts slam omega-3 link to prostate cancer as ‘scaremongering’
I Am Still Taking Omega-3 Supplements
For myself, I am going to continue to take my omega-3 supplement.
I cannot say that I can ignore the omega-3 prostate cancer study as if it never existed. But I also can’t quit taking a supplement that other studies and research have shown to be so beneficial for heart disease, dementia, and chronic inflammation, based on this study.
And I cannot ignore this logic – with the millions of people that eat fish and take fish oil omega-3 supplements, why aren’t their vastly more cases of prostate cancer if it is caused by omega-3?