Tuesday, April 3, 2012

omega3 and cancer


Taking omega-3 fatty acids (from fish oil) dramatically increases the function of immune cells (macrophages) and decreases tumor growth. A new study confirmed these benefits in rats. Interestingly, the effect was even more pronounced after two generations of supplementation! Take your omegas, and teach your children the importance of taking theirs! The study specifically looked at an immune cell called a macrophage, which literally translates to "big eater". These cells eat foreign materials including bacteria and certain toxins. They also devour misguided cells that are the beginnings of cancer. The picture at right is a macrophage (the big thing) devouring bacteria (the little things). 

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