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Can a man get prostate cancer from too much fish oil?

By Anonymous June 3, 2014 - 3:09pm
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I've heard men can have an increased risk for prostate cancer when taking too many fish oil supplements. Is this true? What is the recommended daily allowance and how much is too much?

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Hello Anonymous,

You heard correctly.

New research suggests that eating a lot of oily fish or taking potent fish oil supplements may increase a man's risk of developing prostate cancer.

Marine sources of omega 3 fatty acids may increase the risk for aggressive prostate cancer.

Fish oil is probably safe for most individuals when taken in low doses of 3 grams or less per day. Before starting any new supplement, please check with your physician first, especially if you have any medical conditions or are taking other medications.

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June 3, 2014 - 4:43pm
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