Reducing Your Risk of Cancer Through Healthy Living
Colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S. It takes the lives of over 50,000 men and women each year, most of them over 50 years of age. It’s the third most common cancer after prostate and lung cancer for men and breast and lung cancer for women.
Breast cancer, on the other hand, affects over a quarter of a million women each year, taking over 40,000 lives. Forty years ago, it affected one out of twenty women. Today, it affects one out of eight.
However, there is hope. By improving your diet and incorporating more healthy living principles into your daily life, you may be able to reduce your risk of this dreaded disease. One way to improve your diet is by consuming less red meat and increasing your intake of omega 3 fatty acids from fish. That seems pretty easy, doesn’t it?
But it’s really not that simple. Because all fish are not created equal.
Salmon, sardines, mackerel and herrings are far more abundant in the vitally important omega 3 fatty acids DHA, DPA and EPA than cod, catfish and clams. And if you’re going to eat fish that’s been battered and deep fried, it will probably do you more harm than good.
The same goes for fish oil supplements. They’re all not created equal either.
To begin with, there’s no such thing as “pharmaceutical grade fish oil.” It’s just a slick fishy marketing term that someone made up to sell inferior fish oil. It doesn’t mean it’s purer, more complete or more effective. In fact, it doesn’t mean a thing. So don’t get hooked on it.
If you want to take the best fish oil (anything else would be a waste of your money), look for a product that tells you exactly what kind of fish is being used as a source of omega 3 fatty acids. You don’t want to take whatever comes up in the net or what’s left over from the cat food and fertilizer industries.
You also want to make sure the source fish has been health screened and graded for human consumption and that the oil was pressed from the flesh of the fish and not from the organs where most toxins would accumulate. Also be sure you’re getting all eight members of the omega 3 fatty acid family and not just the two best known.
The benefits of including Omega 3 Fatty Acids in your diet are huge. Do you have enough in your diet?