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Still thinking about that omega-3 / prostate cancer link -- DHA vs EPA?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 15, 2013 at 7:05 AM

While I'm not too worried about my diet / supplements, I am wondering if I can better optimize it.

Right now, I supplement with Nutrasea 500mg EPA / 1,000mg DHA.

In these studies, it seems that DHA might have a greater link than EPA.

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2011/04/19/aje.kwr027.full.pdf

http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/07/09/jnci.djt174.abstract

Would it be smarter to go with the 750mg EPA / 250mg DHA oil next time? Also, how long can you store a bottle in the fridge before oxidation issues?

Initially, I went high DHA as I read it was better for your heart and that it could be converted to EPA as needed by the body.

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on July 15, 2013
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Yup, as always, probably safer to get your nutrients from food rather than supplements.

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on July 15, 2013
at 09:39 AM

Hmm.. so ditch the supplements and eat more fish. Sounds about right.

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I found this article interesting -- http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-the-zone/201204/what-are-the-real-differences-between-epa-and-dha. Maybe I should play it safe and get the children's bubble-gum flavored 320mg EPA / 200mg DHA / 50mg GLA one. Ah, too many options.

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On Wednesday a new paper reported that higher levels of long-chain omega-3 fats (EPA, DPA, and DHA) in blood are associated with a 43% increased risk of prostate cancer and a 71% increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer. [1] This built on earlier work by the same group...

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2013/07/omega-3-fats-and-cancer/

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on July 15, 2013
at 12:39 PM

Yup, as always, probably safer to get your nutrients from food rather than supplements.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on July 15, 2013
at 09:39 AM

Hmm.. so ditch the supplements and eat more fish. Sounds about right.

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