Consuming salmon, walnuts and chia seeds can boost the chances of surviving bowel cancer by preventing the spread of deadly tumours across the body. When these omega-3 fatty acids are broken down after eating, they release cancer-fighting molecules that directly attack the cancerous cells.
Aberdeen University in Scotland claims to be the first to suggest a link between such foods and bowel cancer survival. They measured the amount of enzymes made when omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids – found in chicken, eggs and nuts – were crunched down in 650 bowel cancer patients. This was then compared to their survival chances. The results showed that those who had the highest levels of the cancer-fighting enzymes had the greatest chances of beating the disease. Their tumours were found to have spread less, indicating a greater chance of survival.
It is believed that bowel cancer is the fourth most common form of the disease. The research appeared in the British Journal of Cancer.