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Omega-3s Good for Heart, but not Prostate

Diet addicts now face a new dilemma. New research reveals that Omega-3 fatty acids that are good for the heart have been found to increase the risk of getting prostate cancer. And, high levels of trans-fatty acids which are considered unhealthy, can actually reduce the risk.

Researchers gathered data from greater than 3,400 American men. They found that men with high blood levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid, were much more likely to get prostate cancer compared to those with lower DHA levels.

This study also reveals that men with high levels of trans-fatty acids were 50 percent less likely to get prostate cancer. Trans-fatty acids are associated with heart disease and inflammation. The study was recently published online in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

The researchers advise that men should continue to consume fish and fish oil supplements that contain omega-3 fatty acids. They say that the benefits of consuming fish for a healthy heart outweigh the risk of getting prostate cancer.

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