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Good sources of essential fatty acids

Fish & fish oils
Olive oil



Omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA are found in cold water fish. Mackerel, herring, halibut and salmon contain the most with lesser amounts in tuna and shrimp.

Flax seed oil is good source of essential fatty acids and is particularly high in omega-3 oils. It is difficult for the digestive system to break down raw flax seeds sufficiently to obtain enough essential fatty acids.


Linoleic acid is found in safflower, sunflower and corn oils.

Fish oils may lower the risk of breast cancer

Eating a low fat diet and taking a supplement rich in omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of breast cancer in women, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.In the study, 25 women diagnosed with breast cancer ate a low fat diet and took a daily fish oil supplement for three months. Researchers analyzed their breast fat at the end of the study and found an increase in the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. This may help to inhibit breast cancer, both by preventing it and reducing the risk of tumor size when cancer already exists.

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