Omega-3 food can help fight bowel can­cer

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Con­sum­ing salmon, wal­nuts and chia seeds can boost the chances of sur­viv­ing bowel can­cer by pre­vent­ing the spread of deadly tu­mours across the body. When these omega-3 fatty acids are bro­ken down af­ter eat­ing, they re­lease can­cer-fight­ing mol­e­cules that di­rectly at­tack the can­cer­ous cells.

Aberdeen Univer­sity in Scot­land claims to be the first to sug­gest a link be­tween such foods and bowel can­cer sur­vival. They mea­sured the amount of en­zymes made when omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids – found in chicken, eggs and nuts – were crunched down in 650 bowel can­cer pa­tients. This was then com­pared to their sur­vival chances. The re­sults showed that those who had the high­est lev­els of the can­cer-fight­ing en­zymes had the great­est chances of beat­ing the disease. Their tu­mours were found to have spread less, in­di­cat­ing a greater chance of sur­vival. It is be­lieved that bowel can­cer is the fourth most com­mon form of the disease. The re­search ap­peared in the Bri­tish Jour­nal of Can­cer.

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