Monday, August 1, 2011

Omega 3 Fatty Acids.... Sounds Like A Dream Come True!

Hi Gang.....

Thought that this might be of interest to you:

Lower Your Risk of Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma

Fishermen have, in epidemiological studies, been identified as having a lower risk of leukemia, multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, an occupational benefit that researchers thought might be due to the fact that they eat more fish. Now, a Canadian study published in the April 2004 issue of Cancer 

Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention suggests that persons whose diet includes more weekly servings of fresh fatty fish have a much lower risk of these three types of cancer. Data drawn from a survey of the fish eating habits of 6,800 Canadians indicates that those consuming the most fatty fish decreased their risk of leukemia by 28%, their risk of multiple myeloma by 36%, and their risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by 29%. Overall, frequent eaters of fatty fish reduced their risk for all forms of lymphomas by 30%.

Some of the cancer protective effects of fish, such as tuna, may come from its being a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which have themselves shown impressive anticancer effects, especially important in protection against breast cancer. Recent in vitro (test tube) evidence suggests that this beneficial effect is related to the fact that when omega-3s are consumed in the diet, they are incorporated into cell membranes where they promote cancer cell apoptosis via several mechanisms including: inhibiting a pro-inflammatory enzyme called cyclooxygenase 2 (COX 2), which promotes breast cancer; activating a type of receptor in cell membranes called peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-α, which can shut down proliferative activity in a variety of cells including breast cells; and, increasing the expression of BRCA1 and BRCA2, tumor suppressor genes that, when functioning normally, help repair damage to DNA, thus helping to prevent cancer development.
What an odd coincidence!  Dom and I have been on an Omega 3 rich diet since Thursday in order to lower my triglycerides.  While looking up fresh tuna, didn't I find the Multiple Myeloma reference.  Bizarre!
All is JUST GREAT here.  Went to Tulane on Wed. for Dom's Bone Marrow Biopsy.  Without even waiting for the results, they cut him loose..... "See 'ya in 3 or 4 months".  We still can't believe it.  The past 3 years are a big blur....

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