A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can inhibit the growth of breast cancer tumors by 30%, according to new research from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids because our bodies need them for optimum health. It is important to get them from dietary sources because our bodies are unable to produce them on their own. Most of us are aware of the heart health benefits and triglyceride reduction properties that can occur with adding omega-3 fatty acids to our diets, but they are now also thought to play a positive role in anti-inflammatory conditions.
There are several types of omega-3 fatty acids. The fatty acids EPA and DHA are primarily found in fatty fish and fish oil. Sources include: sardines, mackerel, salmon and halibut. A source of the fatty acid ALA can be found in the flax plant. Supplements provide an alternative to adding these foods to your diet, but you should always discuss adding supplements into your diet with your healthcare provider since some have been associated with side effects such as bleeding.
Here is a recipe that will help you easily incorporate fatty acids into your diet. Zucchini, banana and flaxseed muffins are one of our favorites: Martha Stewart’s Zucchini, Banana, and Flaxseed Muffins
Source: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, January 3013
Brenda Baumann, RN, MSN