30 Jun

Eating salmon, walnuts and chia seeds could boost your chances of surviving bowel cancer, a new study claims.

Full of omega-3 fatty acids, the tasty staples prevent deadly tumours from spreading across the body.

When broken down after eating, these then go onto release molecules that directly attack cancerous cells, scientists say. Aberdeen University was behind the findings, which are 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, for the study published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Results showed 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, of which the opposite makes death more likely, indicating a greater chance of survival.

Source: Guardian