Fish Oil & Vitamin D Combination for Breast Cancer Protection
Posted Jul 06 2010 7:01am
Omega-3 fatty acids, especially those found in some fish, and vitamin D are two of the most popular dietary supplements. This is because there is growing evidence that both vitamin D and the omega-3 fatty acids have several benefits for human health, including possible cancer fighting properties. However, few studies have examined the possible benefits of combining these two dietary nutrients on breast cancer.
In a new breast cancer study published online ahead of print, breast cancer researchers treated rats with a chemical known to induce breast cancer and then fed the rats vitamin D3 and fish oil (rich in EPA and DHA) twice per week for 35 weeks. This combination of omega-3 rich fish oil plus vitamin D reduced the development of breast cancer as well as reducing both the number and size of tumors in rats that developed breast cancer. Based on tissue analysis, the combination of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D worked mainly by reducing cell growth.
These are exciting results that continue to show the potential benefits of both the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA as well as vitamin D. Previous research has reported that both omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D individually are linked to reduced breast cancer risk. This new breast cancer research suggests that combinations of omega-3 fatty acids with vitamin D3 might also have breast cancer fighting properties. With both of these nutrients being reported to have multiple health benefits, making sure you get enough of both of them is an important step to developing a healthier dietary lifestyle.