Study is the first to find proof that Omega 3’s inhibit cancer

The Savvy Sister has been saying this, and now one study confirms it: A diet rich in Omega 3 fatty acids reduce your risk of cancer.

The study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry is the first to provide unequivocal proof that a lifelong diet rich in food high in Omega 3’s can reduce your risk of cancer by 30% and reduce the tumor size by 30%.  Funding for this research came from the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance/Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Research Fund

Omega 3 fatty acids are found in many foods but in particular walnuts, flax seeds, salmon.  There are also Omega 3 supplements in the form of fish oil capsules, but for those reducing their intake of animal products, chia seeds offer a wonderful alternative providing a hefty dose of Omega 3’s.  They also thicken any liquid so they’re great thrown into your morning shake.

1 tablespoon of chia seeds has the same amount of Omega 3s as five fish oil capsules. The chia seeds taste better, and are waaaaay cheaper!

1 tablespoon of chia seeds has the same amount of Omega 3s as five fish oil capsules. The chia seeds taste better, and are waaaaay cheaper!

Plant-based foods to include in your diet that are high in Omega 3:

  • chia seeds
  • walnuts
  • flax seeds (they must ground immediately before eating)
  • sprouted radish seeds
  • grape leaves
  • fresh basil
  • fresh spearmint
  • alfalfa sprouts

I have always believed that diets containing the right balance of Omega 3: Omega 6 prevented cancer because omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and omega 6 fatty acids promote inflammation.  Inflammation is the root cause of most chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Foods to avoid that are high in Omega 6:

  • most vegetable oils: sunflower, safflower, corn, etc (most oils except for olive oil)
  • corn products: corn chips, corn meal, corn grits, corn flakes, cereals containing corn etc
  • crackers, granola bars, nuts roasted in oil
  • margarine
  • salad dressings, mayo
  • potato chips and snack foods
  • chicken, beef fat

You can read the whole story here.

All of you who are eating granola bars thinking that you are doing something good for yourself may be in denial.  Not only do they contain a boatload of Omega 6’s but they are loaded with soy isolates in the form of soy protein which are ruining the health of the masses.

Start reading your labels and avoiding the Omega 6 foods and beef up your disease protection arsenal with Omega 3’s!

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22 replies

  1. Great article and I also read that these natural oils can even help to reduce the side effects associated with chemotherapy, although more research is needed.

    Will bookmark and return!

  2. Chia seeds, who would’ve thought! I’ll have to toss these into my shakes from now on. And I’ve recently started sneaking back towards my bad carb habits, thinking a cereal bar here and some fruit snacks there won’t hurt me…but never give in!! I must stop. Thanks for your post, interesting read. Totally hear ya about inflammation being one of the the root causes of chronic disease in this country.

  3. Okay something new to add to my grocery list: chia seeds. How does home made granola stack up? Do you have a good recipe?

  4. Thanks for this very interesting post! I also have chia seeds at home & must take them each day!

    They are still very expensive here in Belgium. You can’t buy them in a lot of food health stores!

  5. Great post! Am sharing to facebook – everyone needs to know this stuff 😀 xx

  6. Great information. I did not know about Omega 6’s. Thanks Savvy

  7. I have chia seeds almost daily, but I also have corn products and SNACKS!! EEK!

    • Because it’s so dang cheap, you will find that most “snacks in a crinkly bag” are made with corn. Just cut down, or top off your Omega 3’s. the ratio should be 2 or 3:1 Omega 6: Omega 3.

      Thanks for your comment Brittany!

  8. SO good to read this! I have considered stopping chia seeds because of their expense but not now! (I am a breast cancer thriver and I haven’t touched flax since diagnosis even though there is a school of thought which says it it OK.) I have walnuts every day and get fresh basil and spearmint in the summer but I think I will start sprouting radish seeds. Thanks for the motivation!
    Quick question: What are your thoughts re: avocado consumption and breast cancer? A bc organization I belong to keeps posting a list of foods not to eat for breast cancer prevention and avocado is on the list! 😦

    • I am confused at you belief about flax seeds and avocado. These foods are, in my opinion, not only OK to eat, but ones that you should be including in your diet. Information is changing every day on what is “safe” for breast cancer patients to eat. Even soy beans, once thought to be FORBIDDEN for breast cancer patients are now seemingly ok in moderation in their whole form (not when used as soy protein powder or the like) and may even prevent reoccurrence. (I love me some edamame every so often!)

      Don’t “fear” your food. And please check several sources for information. Sometimes people are just a bit behind the times.


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