Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fish Oil Hearts You

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Anyone who is a regular reader of the No Surrender Breast Cancer Support Forum is aware of our EDGE/CAM. A plan of supplements and dietary changes that can help you feel better and live a long, cancer-free life. It has also been very useful in metastatic patients as some of the supplements ameliorate the side effects of their disease treatment. Of course, as with anything, you MUST consult your physician before taking any drug or supplement.

A new study is out that shows Fish Oil may cut your risk of breast cancer recurrence. The abstract is included below for your review. One thing that the abstract does not mention is that Fish Oil can also improve your skin's texture, elasticity, and can help improve your intimate tissues as well.

Fish Oil  is an anti-inflammatory that can help with arthritis and it is very heart healthy!

So, go to the health food store today and pick up some Fish Oil... your body will thank you.

Specialty Supplements and Breast Cancer Risk in the VITamins And Lifestyle (VITAL) Cohort

  1. Authors' Affiliations:1The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Cancer Prevention Unit; 2Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington and 3Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego, California
  1. Corresponding Author:
    Theodore M. Brasky, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 1100 Fairview Avenue North, M4-B402, Seattle, WA 98109-1024. Phone: 206-667-5881; Fax: 206-667-7850. E-mail: 


Background: Use of nonvitamin, nonmineral “specialty” supplements has increased substantially over recent decades. Several supplements may have anti-inflammatory or anticancer properties. Additionally, supplements taken for symptoms of menopause have been associated with reduced risk of breast cancer in two case-control studies. However, there have been no prospective studies of the association between the long-term use of these supplements and breast cancer risk.

Methods: Participants were female members of the VITamins And Lifestyle (VITAL) Cohort. Postmenopausal women, ages 50 to 76 years, who were residents of western Washington State, completed a 24-page baseline questionnaire in 2000 to 2002 (n = 35,016). Participants were queried on their recency (current versus past), frequency (days/week), and duration (years) of specialty supplement use. Incident invasive breast cancers (n = 880) from 2000 to 2007 were obtained from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results registry. Multivariable-adjusted hazards ratios (HR) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CI) were estimated by Cox proportional hazards models.

Results: Current use of fish oil was associated with reduced risk of breast cancer (HR, 0.68; 95% CI, 0.50-0.92). Ten-year average use was suggestive of reduced risk (P trend = 0.09). These results held for ductal but not lobular cancers. The remaining specialty supplements were not associated with breast cancer risk: Specifically, use of supplements sometimes taken for menopausal symptoms (black cohosh, dong quai, soy, or St. John's wort) was not associated with risk.

Conclusions: Fish oil may be inversely associated with breast cancer risk.

Impact: Fish oil is a potential candidate for chemoprevention studies. Until that time, it is not recommended for individual use for breast cancer prevention. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev; 19(7); 1696–708. ©2010 AACR.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Being an old Edge CAM fan, I certainly take fish oil.But have noticed krill oil lately.It's supposed to be more potent, in a smaller capsule.AND higher in the great oil, since krill feeds on ocean plankton and seaweed.
I'd lover to know Edge's take on this.I'll TRY to ask him at the site,'s so special there, I do get lost!