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Omega-3 Shown to Reduce Oral Cancer Risk

Posted on 5/17/2016 by Anthony M. DiCesare
A collection of different foods full of omega-3 fatty acids.Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to provide a variety of health benefits, and they are a great addition to any diet. Fortunately, research has found even more benefits of these fatty acids, suggesting that they could help to prevent both early- and late-stage oral cancer.

Researchers from Queen Mary, University of London examined this hypothesis by growing cell cultures in a lab from several cell lines. These included malignant oral cancer, along with normal and pre-cancerous oral cells.

When researchers performed in vitro testing by adding fatty acids into the cultures, the results showed that omega-3s induced cell death in the pre-malignant and malignant cells. However, they did not affect normal cells.

The researchers involved in this study state that because the doses that were required to kill the cancer cells weren't shown to harm the normal cells, omega-3 fatty acids might be useful for the treatment and prevention of oral cancers.

Therefore, people that are at a greater risk of developing this type of cancer may wish to increase their omega-3 levels by eating a diet that is high in oily, fatty fish and other foods, including:

•  Walnuts
•  Beef
•  Soybeans
•  Ground flax seeds
•  Shrimp
•  Scallops
•  Tofu

Further research will be needed before scientists can say definitively whether omega-3s can help with the prevention or treatment of oral cancer, but initial results were promising.

However, scientists believe that future research will need to continue examining the effects in organisms rather than in vitro. This will better help researchers to determine how these effects can benefit when provided in therapeutic doses.

In the meantime, we need to be diligent in our efforts to perform self-exams to look for signs of oral cancer. Contact our office today we can help detect oral cancer when it is at a treatable stage, increasing your chance of recovery.
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