Study Shows Link Between Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer Cell Inhibition

Study Shows Link Between Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer Cell Inhibition
This week Dr. Kathryn E. Meier, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Washington State University College of Pharmacy, and her collaborators released study results in which they found that a drug mimicking the action of omega 3s can work as well or better than fatty acids in suppressing cancer cells.  The study entitled, “Omega-3 fatty acids and other FFA4 agonists inhibit growth factor signaling in human prostate cancer cells,” was published in the shutterstock_175331270Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

Background Terminology:

  • Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs): called “essential” because the body can’t make these needed nutritional components and must digest them. There are two known EFAs: alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) and linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid)
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