Omega-3 fats may help reduce cancer-related fatigue as a study concluded that breast cancer survivors who eat a healthy dose of omega-3 fats may have some extra energy throughout their day. Omega-3 is commonly found in oily fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel, and omega-3 supplements are largely sold across the country.
In the latest report from the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers believe that good sleep habits and regular exercise can help cancer survivors fight fatigue but other options are still needed. Many people treated for cancer have lingering fatigue even years after their therapy ends. There’s evidence that chronic inflammation in the body may play a role, said Rachel Ballard-Barbash of the U.S. National Cancer Institute, who worked on the study.
In this particular study, researchers compared omega-3 intake and fatigue among 633 breast cancer survivors. Overall, 42 percent of the women were considered “fatigued” three years after their diagnosis, and the problem was more common in those with higher blood levels of an inflammation-related protein called CRP. Women who got more omega-3 in their diets had lower odds of fatigue, particularly if they used fish oil pills.