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Omega 3 Fish Oil may reduce risk of ductul breast cancer by a third.

Friday, August 20th, 2010

The first study of its kind has revealed that postmenopausal women who took the omega 3 supplements reduced risk by a third. Omega 3 products with high levels of EPA which is a key anti inflammatory are the key. The TakeOmega 3 brand is an 85% medical grade omega3 fish oil with 750mg EPA and 50 mg DHA per capsule , other brands may have as little as 150mg EPA . Obviously further investigation needs to be conducted however if this is the case at £13.00 for a months supply it works out at 43p per day !!

The research, which involved 35,000 women and took six years to complete, has caused such excitement among experts that they are calling for larger and more detailed studies to urgently be carried out.

They hope that it may be possible to use fish oils as a way to help women slash their risk of suffering from breast tumours.

Fish Oil contains high levels of fatty acids  that can reduce inflammation. Studies have already suggested they may boost brain cells, keep eyes healthy and possibly protect against ageing.

But other studies have dismissed these claims, saying the evidence is still not there. The latest study, by a respected team in America, is the first to actively monitor women who take fish oils and see how many develop breast cancer

The team also looked at whether other supplements like St John’s Wort, soy and ginkgo biloba had any affect on the risk of tumours. All of the women in the study were between 50 and 76 and had been through the menopause.

They were asked if they had taken fish oils before or were taking them at the start of the study and how often they took them.

The team, whose study is published in the Journal of Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, found 83 per cent took fish oils at least four times a week and 60 per cent daily. During the following six years, 880 suffered from breast cancer.

The data revealed that those who took fish oils at the start of the study had a 32 per cent reduced risk of ductal breast cancer, the most common form of the disease which affects eight in 10 sufferers.

However, there was no reduction in risk of lobular breast cancer that affects around one in 10 sufferers. Nor was there a reduced risk of women who had taken fish oils up to a decade earlier but stopped or those who took other supplements.

The team, from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, said the findings were interesting but it was too early to say if the fish oil is responsible. Scientists believe fish oils might work by reducing inflammation which may prevent cells from becoming damaged and turning cancerous.

Previous studies on cells in the lab and on animals both suggest fish oils might be able to protect against cancer. Scientists are keen to find an answer because more and more people have been taking supplements for decades.

This means they have been used for long enough to gauge whether they are having a positive or negative effect on long-term health. So far British experts warn against taking multi-vitamins to protect against cancer, with some warning they may increase the risk.

But the evidence on fish oils is less clear.Dr Panagiota Mitrou, deputy head of science for the World Cancer Research Fund, said: “The findings are very interesting because it is the first time fish oil has been linked to lower breast cancer risk in this type of study.

“But as the authors suggest, because this is a single study the findings are not enough for us to be confident that women can reduce their risk of breast cancer by taking fish oil supplements. More research is now needed to find out if this is actually the case.

“There is already very strong scientific evidence about how women can reduce their breast cancer risk. In fact scientists estimate that about 40 per cent of breast cancer cases in the UK could be prevented through being physically active, maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the alcohol they drink.”

Krill Oil passes stringent EU Safety Assessment

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Europe has since 1997 required a very high standard, and notoriously longwinded, procedure of safety assessments before anything produced for human consumption can be deemed fit for sale across all member states. They test the product as well as the source and the production facilities. Sensible precautions one would agree, but over the years the tests have received a lot of criticism from industry innovators for holding back the advancements of new developments. The Novel Food regulations cover any food ingredients not commonly consumed in the EU prior to May 1997. Krill oil produced by Israeli firm Enzymotec is the latest to face and pass these tests.

Krill are a type of plankton commonly eaten by whales and make up the biggest bio mass in the world. Currently we harvest only 1% of their population for human consumption, but with Enzymotec now licensed to farm them we can hope to see more krill oil in products on our shelves and its popularity increasing further.

One of the reasons for the strict tests is that there was concern that krill was not being responsibly farmed, and in turn having a negative effect on the populations of its natural predators. Whole Foods in the US even went as far as removing it from their shelves, saying:

“Fishery management needs to better understand how to evaluate the prey requirements of other marine species in order to set sustainable catch levels for krill.”

Enzymotec have proven through their success in the Novel Foods tests that their krill oil is produced to the highest standards and are responsibly farmed. Their sources are monitored by the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR,) which inspect and verify each and every krill catch. Enzymotec last year announced the development of a new 200,000sq foot facility, expanding its production capacity significantly and has meant they can now produce a lower grade but more affordable krill oil to be competitive in global markets alongside their normal standard of product.

Krill oil is a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids, marine lecithin and astaxanthin (an antioxidant.) Much like other sources of Omega 3, krill oil has many health benefits for mother and child through pregnancy and for cardiovascular health, not to mention cholesterol, premenstrual syndrome and arthritis. The astaxanthin in krill oil is another reason for its popularity. It comes from the algae they eat and gives krill their red colour, bringing with it antioxidants which theoretically can protect brain cells, eyes and the central nervous systems. It has even been mentioned that it may have anti-cancer properties.

Why not try some krill oil today!



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