According to two studies recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids may have anti-inflammation and cancer prevention benefits, as well proving beneficial for the heart.
In the first study performed at the Jilin University of China, tests showed that omega-3 supplements reduced the occurrence of a potentially damaging molecule called “sICAM-1” or “soluble intercellular adhesion molecule.” Reducing the amount of this element that circulates within your body can decrease your risk of atherosclerosis and other conditions that break down your cells.
Even more interesting was the evidence found in the second study. In this study from the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Paris, it was found that supplementing your diet with omega-3 is a good idea when you want to fight back against the cancer-promoting qualities of “sICAM-1.”
The second study examined 408 cancer-stricken individuals and compared their stats against a control group of 760 healthy individuals. There was clearly a correlation between omega-3 levels and sICAM levels. Remarkably, there was no association between cancer and subjects with a higher intake of omega 3.
Researchers state that there are two primary ways that omega-3s might fight back against the risk of cancer. The first is by reducing the ability for adhesion molecules like sICAM-1 to express itself. The second is by disrupting the actual cancer-promoting pathway that ICAM stimulates.
So how much omega-3 should you be taking in supplement form? According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, you should not take more than about 3g per day in supplement form. The American Heart Association recommends taking between 1 and 3 g of omega-3 depending on the person’s age and health profile. Children younger than 18 years old should not take omega-3 supplements without doctor supervision.