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Monday, July 15 2013

“High levels of long chain omega-3 may increase prostate cancer risk” was the title in many international and national newspapers last week which caused concern among omega-3 Fish Oil supplement users.  Extensive research has been carried out on omega-3 fatty acids and their positive benefits in relation to cardiovascular function, brain function, joint health, skin health and general health.  This study, which was carried out by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre, USA, and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, was a sub trial of SELECT (Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial).  Using data from the SELECT study, the participants included 834 men who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, along with a comparison group of 1,393 men selected randomly from the original 35,500 participants.  Analysis of blood plasma levels concluded that long chain omega-3 PUFA overall, and DPA and DHA in particular, were associated with linear increases in prostate cancer risk.

On further investigation into the trial, there are many limitations to this study.  This study only discusses a correlation and correlation does not equal causation.  There is a long way to go until a cause and effect relationship between intake of oily fish and risk of prostate cancer can be indicated.  In addition, this study doesn’t include any information about how omega-3 intake was achieved, whether through diet or supplementation, yet the researchers are quick to blame supplementation.   The trial was lacking control as participants were asked to complete self-administered questionnaires concerning alcohol intake and smoking habit amongst other factors.  No participant was asked about diet or fish oil supplementation levels.  It is also unclear from the results exactly how high levels of omega-3 could increase the risk of prostate cancer.

In a 2010 meta-analysis of 31 studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the risk of prostate cancer diagnosis calculated for high fish consumption ranged from 61% decrease in risk to a 77% increase in risk, and several showed no significant difference in risk at all. 

Nutri Advanced confirm that this newly published study contained no evidence of causation in relation to Omega-3 fatty acids supplements and prostate cancer risk and would encourage people to continue supplementing with Omega-3 fatty acids until further research has been carried out.  Omega-3 fatty acids, whether obtained from oily fish or from supplements, remain one of the safest, most researched, most beneficial elements of a healthy diet.  

 

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Monday, July 01 2013

Sugar has become a constant companion in most of our lives. Whether in the form of spoonfuls added to your tea or coffee, or the massive amounts included in soft drinks and processed foods, sugar dominates our diet. With Britain’s obesity and diabetic levels rising there is a need for the healthier alternative. However, many sugar substitutes are synthetics and are worse for us than real sugar as the body cannot break them down.  Some of these synthetics – aspartame and acesulfame-K to name just two – have been linked to cancer.  

However, there are two alternatives which I would recommend:


Stevia:  A herb native to South American, Stevia is 300 times sweeter than sugar. It has been used as a sweetener for centuries in South America, and in Japan, makes up 41 per cent of the sweetener market. So widespread is its use, before Coca Cola decided to ‘standardise’ the recipe, Stevia was used in Japanese Diet Coke. The herb recently ran into trouble in the US with the Food and Drug Administration over the label ‘sweetener’ but has rebounded to become the second most popular sugar alternative in the US under the term ‘dietary supplement’. Stevia has no calories and no glycaemic impact making it suitable for diabetics as well as those watching their weight.

Xylitol:  If the name rings a bell, that’s because you can already find it in chewing gum. Xylitol is a five-carbon sugar (five carbon atoms in the molecule) unlike most other sugars, which have six. This subtle difference means it helps prevent the growth of bacteria. It is found naturally in fibrous fruits and vegetables, corn cobs, and some hardwood trees - even our own bodies produce it. Although it does cost more than sugar, it’s a healthier alternative.  

Both of the above are good to cook with and the family will never know the difference!!  Stay Sweet!

 
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