Each year, the nearly two million Americans who face a cancer diagnosis are a constant reminder that Western medicine has certainly not found a cancer cure. In the early 1900s, one in 20 people developed cancer, in the 1940s, one in 16 people were diagnosed, in the 1970s, it was one in 10, and now it is one in 3! (1)
In the early 1990s, one in twenty people were diagnosed with cancer; today, the numbers are one in three!
New research has found that by adding omega-3 fatty acids to anti-tumor medications, treatment response is improved. The study examined 50 patients in the advance stages of pancreatic cancer. They were give 1,000 mg of antitumor medication, followed by 100 g of omega-3 lipid emulsion for three weeks. Patients were then given a rest week. This entire protocol cycle was repeated six times. The study found disease stabilization, reduction in liver metastasis, and improved quality of life. (2)
Western medicine pairing nutritional therapy with existing cancer treatment
This information should come as no surprise. Even without the anti-tumor medication, research has shown that antioxidants paired with omega-3 fatty acids are a powerful way to treat cancer. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fatty fish, nuts, and seeds and help protect the heart, maintain brain function, combat eye diseases, arthritis and other health conditions. (3)
Omega-3s have been found to reduce inflammation, which is helpful since a variety of cancers have been linked to chronic inflammation. When supplementing with omega-3s, it is believed that they are able to restrict tumor cell growth and cause cancer cells to self-destruct. (3)
Omega-3s reduce inflammation associated with cancer and restrict tumor cell growth, thereby causing cancer cells to self-destruct!
Don’t forget to pair your omega-3s with an antioxidant rich diet! This means eat plenty of berries, greens, peppers and tomatoes. Kim Jordan, RD, at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, reports, “When you have cancer, it’s important to give your body everything it needs to stay nourished and maintain a healthy immune system. The only way to do that is with a balanced diet of real food.” (3)
If you or someone you love is facing cancer, remember that food is medicine and with the right fuel, our bodies are designed to fight back!