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    Posted: Mar 29 2012 at 5:17am

Though science is not exactly sure why cancer survivors are sometimes left with fatigue, evidence suggests that chronic inflammation may have something to do with it. The good news is that omega-3 fatty acids are believed to decrease inflammation, especially when omega-3 replaces at
least some omega-6 fats that are common in the American diet.

Researchers studied the relationship between fatigue and omega-3 in 633 cancer survivors and found that of the 42 percent of the women who suffered fatigue for three years after their diagnosis of breast cancer, the most common denominator was a high blood level of CRP, a protein linked to inflammation.

Of all the women who ingested higher amount of omega-3, predominantly through fish oil supplements, then omega-6, 23 percent were fatigued, while 49 percent of women who had low omega-3 intake, especially when compared to omega-6 intake, were fatigued, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Omega-3 fatty acids are most commonly found in fish like tuna, salmon, and mackerel. For those who canít or donít eat fish, fish oil supplements are available.

Researchers believe that the evidence warrants further study through randomized clinical trials for either fish oil supplements or dietary intake of omega-3.


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