A low-fat diet with fish oil supplements can slow down the growth of prostate cancer, research has shown.
Scientists in the U.S. made the discovery after testing prostate tissue samples taken from men with the disease. They found that just four to six weeks on the diet was enough to reduce the growth of cancer cells.
The same effect was not seen in men who remained on a regular Western diet with no fish oil supplements.
leader Professor William Aronson, from the University of California at
Los Angeles, said: 'The finding that the low-fat, fish oil diet reduced
the number of rapidly dividing cells in the prostate cancer tissue is
important because the rate at which the cells are dividing can be
predictive of future cancer progression. The
lower the rate of proliferation, the lesser the chances that the cancer
will spread outside the prostate, where it is much harder to treat.'
The findings appear in the journal Cancer Prevention Research.
scientists tested blood samples before and after the diet commenced,
and examined tissue from surgically removed prostate glands.
Source - Daily Mail