Omega-3 EPA/DHA May Decrease Risk of Developing Prostate Cancer

    DARTMOUTH, NS, April 7 /CNW/ - A new study presented in Clinical Cancer
Research, a journal of the AACR (American Association for Clinical Cancer
Research), shows diets high in Omega-3 EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA
(docosahexaenoic acid) may decrease the risk of prostate cancer. This link
appears to be most apparent in those individuals with a genetic tendency
towards developing the disease.
    While there is no one, single cause of prostate cancer, there are several
factors that appear to increase the risk of developing it, including diet. In
the study, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco,
looked at 466 men with aggressive prostate cancer and 478 healthy men,
assessing their eating habits using a food frequency questionnaire. The men
were also screened for a variant of a gene known as COX-2, which helps
regulate inflammation in the body. A certain variant of this gene is known to
increase the risk of developing prostate cancer.
    The study shows that those men who ate dark, fatty fish one to three
times per month had a 36 percent lower risk of prostate cancer as compared to
those who had zero dark fish consumption. Furthermore, those who ate dark fish
at least once a week had a 57% risk reduction. And, those who consumed little
to no Omega-3 EPA/DHA and who also carried the specific COX-2 variant, were
five times more likely to develop advanced prostate cancer. However, this
association was essentially reversed with increasing consumption of Omega-3
    "This study adds to the growing research that shows that regular Omega-3
EPA/DHA consumption by men may lower their risk of developing prostate
cancer," said Ocean Nutrition Canada's Vice President, Marketing and
Communications, Lori Covert. "This is definitely positive news."
    According to the Canadian Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most
common cancer among Canadian men, with an estimated 24,700 men developing the
disease in 2008. In the US, the American Cancer Society's Cancer Facts and
Figures 2008 lists prostate cancer as the most diagnosed cancer in American
men. The society also ranks prostate cancer as the second most diagnosed and
the sixth leading cause of death by cancer among men globally.
    In addition to helping lower the risk of developing prostate cancer,
Omega-3 EPA/DHA has proven heart health benefits and may reduce the risk of
esophageal and colorectal cancer. Additionally, research suggests Omega-3
EPA/DHA may improve cognitive function and symptoms of attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), contribute to weight loss, reduce symptoms of
depression, and lower the risk of stroke.

    About Omega-3:

    Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid (EFA), consisting of EPA
(eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and ALA (alpha-linolenic
acid). Oily fish, including anchovies, sardines, mackerel, and salmon, are the
only known natural sources of Omega-3 EPA/DHA. ALA is found in plants, such as
flax and chia. It is important to note that only EPA and DHA contribute to the
many health benefits associated with Omega-3. While the body can convert ALA
into EPA/DHA, it does so very inefficiently (less than one percent), making it
impossible to derive Omega-3-related health benefits from plant sources.
Furthermore, although Omega-3 EPA/DHA is vital to overall good health, the
human body is not able to produce it on its own, so supplementation is
required, either by eating oily fish or foods fortified with Omega-3 EPA/DHA,
or by taking fish oil supplements. Learn more about the health benefits of
Omega-3 EPA/DHA at

    About Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited (ONC):

    Ocean Nutrition Canada (ONC) is a privately held company, whose major
shareholder is Clearwater Fine Foods Incorporated. Clearwater Fine Foods
Incorporated is a diversified holding/investment company whose significant
holdings include a controlling interest in Clearwater Seafood's Limited
Partnership, the world's largest integrated shellfish harvester and processor.
    ONC is a global leading supplier of Omega-3 EPA and DHA ingredients from
fish oil...essential nutrients that have been scientifically linked to
supporting heart health, brain health, and general wellness. ONC markets its
MEG-3(R) ingredients into the Dietary Supplement and Healthy Food markets. To
date MEG-3(R) ingredients have been included in over 40 billion servings of
food and supplement products world wide. For more information on Ocean
Nutrition Canada Limited visit, and for more
information on the health benefits of Omega-3 EPA/DHA please visit

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For further information: Joanna Lane, Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd., (902)

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