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Fish fat can kill cancer cells

Fats from fatty fish and fish oil can destroy certain types of cancer cells, causing the cell to attack and kill itself, according to doctorate research done by Hilde Heimli at the University of Oslo.

Fats from fatty fish and fish oil can destroy certain types of cancer cells, causing the cell to attack and kill itself, according to doctorate research done by Hilde Heimli at the University of Oslo.

The study, carried out at the Institute of Nutrition and sponsored by the Norwegian Cancer Society, examined how polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids were absorbed by various cancer cells, including cells that cause blood and lymph cancer. Some types of cancer cells, which contain a certain enzyme, have their energy producing mitochondria destroyed when exposed to omega-3. When the presence of this key enzyme is low the cell does not react to the fish fat.

The research contributes to greater understanding of how cancer cells grow and develop and may play a major role in the prevention and treatment of certain types of cancer.