‘Good’ Cholesterol Knocks Cancer Risk Down

Consuming Omega-3 Fatty Acids is a vital part of any health routine. These unsaturated fats promote good heart health and reduce inflammation. Scientists are now saying that high-density Lipoprotein (HDL) – the so-called good cholesterol that is boosted by omega-3s – may lessen the risk of colon cancer.

'Good' Cholesterol Knocks Cancer Risk Down
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Research conducted in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer & Nutrition (EPIC) study found that people who have higher levels of HDL are less likely to develop the form of cancer, and the more HDL the better.

Scientists determined that for each 16.6 milligram-per-deciliter increase in HDL, participants has a 22% lower chance of developing bowel cancer. More than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer every year, according to the National Cancer Institute. Another 51,000 die of the disease in the same time period.

A 2000 study in the Journal Annals of Internal Medicine associated Omega-3 consumption with higher HDL levels. To ensure healthy levels of HDL, many experts recommend taking supplements that provide a daily dose of omega-3s. These supplements often include fish oil, a rich source of the fatty acid.

15 March 2011