Healthy omega 3 fatty acids have more advantages than thought. For their positive effect on the immune system and reducing the risk of stroke, one more action to prevent colon cancer has been added.
Types of Omega 3 fatty acids
There are two types of omega 3 DHA and EPA. The first of them has a positive effect on the brain and the sense of sight, and also slows the growth of cancer cells in the large intestine. It has been known for a long time. The latest reports are related to EPA acids. It turned out that their regular intake for 6 months reduced the size of pre-cancer polyps in the large intestine, thus reducing the risk of developing cancer in this organ.
Unfortunately, the matter is not as simple as if we were dreaming, because excess amounts of EPA in the diet may be conducive to heart disease ... However, taken in the right doses do not hurt the heart, on the contrary.
Ideal ratio of DHA and EPA
In order to determine the ideal dose of these acids, and at the same time safe for the heart, further research is necessary. After all, anyone who is at risk of colon cancer (ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, fatty diet, genetic burden, environmental pollution) should talk to their doctor about the possibility of using dietary supplements with EPA acids.
DHA and EPA - sources
In its natural form, DHA and EPA are found in the fat of marine fish (salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, anchovies) and in algae, where they get fish. At the same time, while the fish are contaminated with toxic substances, the algae are not contaminated! Therefore, it is worth thinking about supplements produced on the basis of algae. Algae contain large amounts of DHA, but these acids in the body can be converted to EPA.
Other sources of DHA and EPA linseed, rapeseed, peanut oil, olive oil.