How omega-3 and curcumin supplements may combat breast cancer

According to statistics from, one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with this disease at some point in their lives. Thanks in part to the efforts of breast cancer awareness groups, many women are identifying and seeking treatment at much earlier stages, but it still poses a serious health concern. As such, medical researchers have dedicated ample resources to discovering medications and naturally occurring compounds that may prevent the onset of breast cancer or at least contain its spread once it develops.

Past research has shown that curcumin – the bioactive ingredient in turmeric that lends the spice its trademark golden color – can potentially restrict the growth of malignant cells, specifically in instances of breast and prostate cancer. A 2012 review from Emory University in Atlanta stated that curcumin has been associated with the documented variations in breast cancer rates around the world, as the medical condition is considerably less prevalent in Asian countries.

Now, a new study from the University of Guelph in Canada has revealed that omega-3 fatty acids may also play an inhibitive role in breast cancer treatment.

“We show that lifelong exposure to omega-3s has a beneficial role in disease prevention – in this case, breast cancer prevention,” professor and study author David Ma said of the research in a university press release.

The researchers found that the development of mammary tumors in mice with naturally high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their systems was substantially less aggressive than in animals without the increased omega-3.

“Prevention is an area of growing importance,” says Ma. “We are working to build a better planet, and that includes better lifestyle and diet.”

In addition to this documented benefit, omega-3 fatty acids and curcumin supplements have been clinically shown to improve overall brain health and mediate the symptoms of various ailments. Click to read more information about our omega-3 fatty acid supplements and Nutrivene Longvida Curcumin.

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