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Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and cancer: any cause for concern?

07:00 EST 11th December 2017 | BioPortfolio

Summary of "Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and cancer: any cause for concern?"

Recently, concerns have been raised with regard to the recommended doses of marine long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-omega-3 PUFAs) especially in relation to cancer risk and treatment. There is urgent need to clarify this point. This review considers the most recent evidence related to the potential risk of developing cancer with high LC-omega-3 PUFA intakes, and possible research strategies to better elucidate this matter.

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Name: Current opinion in clinical nutrition and metabolic care
ISSN: 1473-6519
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