How Omega 3 curbs spread of cancer

While eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fatty fish, certain nuts and seeds, have been known to prevent heart diseases and arthritis, a new research, led by one of Indian-origin, showed that it may also have anti-cancer effects.

The new study, led by Aditi Das from University of Illinois, U.S., showed that when the human body metabolises omega-3 fatty acids, it produces a class of molecules called endocannabinoid epoxides, or EDP-EAs. These have anti-inflammatory properties and can inhibit cancer’s growth and spread.

“These molecules could address multiple problems: cancer, inflammation and pain,” she said.

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