March 3 Celebrates Good Omega-3 Fats

Put some extra omega 3 fatty acids in your diet today and celebrate March 3 as Omega- 3 Awareness Day.

Foods rich in omega-3 fats, especially those in fish and seafood, may reduce your risk of getting colon cancer.

Scientists and students at the University of California Irvine will be celebrating the first annual International Omega-3 Awareness Day with speakers, activities, and special music from 3 to 6:30 in the Student Center.

At the 2009 AACR Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research conference, Sangmi Kim, PhD reported on research that found people who ate the most foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids had almost a 40 percent reduced risk of colon cancer.  While Kim found the risk reduction in the 1,500 whites his team studied, there was no similar benefit for 370 African Americans.

Kim and his colleagues asked 1,509 whites and 369 African Americans, half of whom had colon cancer, about the foods they typically ate in the past twelve months.  They found that compared to the 25 percent who ate the least omega-3 rich foods, the top 25 percent had a 39 percent reduction in colon cancer in the distal bowel — the section of colon closest to the rectum.

He said,

An increase in dietary intake of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, which mainly come from fish and seafood, may be beneficial in the prevention of distal large bowel cancer.


  1. says

    Hi All. It is important to have in mind that there are certain conditions to get all the benefits fish oil can bring to your colon.

    First, you need to take a minimum amount of fish oil, krill oil or cod liver oil at a certain frequency.

    There is not an establish amount of omega 3 fro any health benefit but I recommend to take at least 900 mg per day of omega 3 fats (close to 3.000 mg of fish oil), EPA plus DHA, per day.

    Also, you should lower your intake of omega 6 fats (mostly grains and grain oils) since omega 3 and omega 6 counteract each other in the body.

    Best wishes,

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