Omega-3 fatty acids may boost prostate cancer risk

April 26, 2011 2:30:21 PM PDT
A new study is turning what researchers know about diet, inflammation and the development of prostate cancer upside down.

It turns out, high levels of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids may not be so healthy for the prostate.

Researchers found that men with the highest amount of DHA in their blood were two and a half times more likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer.

DHA is an inflammation reducing omega-3 fatty acid commonly found in fish.

The results in the American Journal of Epidemiology shocked scientists. But, they say, the benefits of eating fish to prevent heart disease outweigh any harm related to prostate cancer risk.