New research shows that eating food rich in omega-3 fatty acids like fatty fish, nuts and seeds may have help with preventing the spread of cancer. The study, conducted by a person of Indian origin, Aditi Das, from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US, shows that when the human body metabolises omega-3 fatty acids, it produces endocannabinoid epoxides, or EDP-EAs which are a class of molecules with anti-inflammatory properties and may be able to stop the growth of cancer cells in the body.
Aditi Das said that the dietary consumption of omega-3 fatty acids can lead to the formation of these substances in the body. She adds that if someone has cancer then they would want to take something that would act fast on them, and endocannabinoid epoxide derivatives are exactly that. She says that one could make a concentrated dose of the exact compound or mix it with other drugs like chemotherapies.
Study of the effect of endocannabinoids on mice with cancer tumours
For the study, the team studied the effect of the molecule in mice with tumours of osteosarcoma a bone cancer which is painful and hard to treat.
The results showed that endocannabinoids slowed down the growth of the tumours and blood vessels, and inhibited cancer cells from moving and caused cancer cell death.
The researchers found that high concentrations of EDP-EAs did kill cancer cells, and slowed tumour growth by inhibiting new blood vessels from forming to supply the tumour with nutrients. It also stopped interactions between the cells, and stopped cancerous cells from migrating.
Consuming food rich in Omega-3 fatty acids has always been regarded as beneficial to the body, but with the results of this latest study showing how beneficial it is to stopping the spread of cancer, we encourage our readers to make it a part of their regular diet.