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Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Increase Chances of Surviving Colon Cancer


"Omega-3" may sound like a name for a spaceship or perhaps Apple's next operating system, but Omega-3s are actually a fatty acid that are the building blocks for all fats in your body. They also have some serious health benefits. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce risk factors for heart disease by decreasing the amount of bad fat circulating in your blood. They're also really good for your eyes. Basically, taking Omega-3s will only improve your health.

A recent report suggests that omega-3 fatty acids might also increase a colon cancer patient's odds of survival. A study of about 1,700 Americans showed colon cancer patients who ate 0.3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids every day were 41% less likely to die. 

So, how can you add some omega-3 fatty acids to your daily diet? While people in the study ate omega-3s from fish oil, you can get omega-3s from olive oil as well. You can also find omega-3s in flaxseed, walnuts, and a variety of beans, including soybeans, navy beans and kidney beans. You can also take omega-3s in the form of fish oil pills, but before you do, ask your doctor.

Remember, getting screened is still the best way to reduce your risk for colon cancer. But you can keep your insides happy by eating Omega-3s.

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