Fish oil may enhance pulmonary strength and endurance in women undergoing chemotherapy Omega-3 fatty acids found in cold water fish like tuna, mackerel, herring, and salmon. These fats have anti-inflammatory properties. Chemotherapy is a common treatment in patients with breast cancer and usually have many side effects, including alterations in some blood parameters.
In this study, the effects of fish oil supplementation on lipid profile and breathing capacity in women with breast cancer undergoing early chemotherapy were analyzed. A group of women was treated with 4 g / day of fish oil and another group was given a placebo. After 30 to 60 days the results were analyzed. The group supplemented with fish oil improved breathing capacity and maintained adequate levels of good cholesterol or HDL, triglycerides and blood lactate.
Source: Suzumura, Schleder, Appel, Naliwaiko, Tanhoffer, Fernandes. Nutr Cancer. 2016 Jun 24:1-8. [Epub ahead of print]
Dr. Adem Gunes