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.
Plant-based foods to include in your diet that are high in Omega 3:
- chia seeds
- 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
- salad dressings, mayo
- potato chips and snack foods
- chicken, beef fat
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!