Discussion: Fish Oil and PSA

Fish Oil – Can it lower PSA #s?

“Fish oil lowered my PSA” is the title of a thread that appears this week in the Healthier Talk community forums. A member named 333 writes:

“I just got back from seeing my doctor, and my PSA is down more than one full point in just 3 months. It had been rising steadily for 4 years, about .75 per year. It was 6.50 in June. I read that Omega-3 fish oil will lower your PSA, so what the heck–can’t hurt-eh? So I’ve been taking 3 of them a day. Wala! It’s now 5.45.”

ZZ: “So that’s why my 64 years old brother-in-law’s PSA is 0.6 >> he swallows 6 of those a day.”

Bob: “One word of caution. A recent Doctors report stated that with large doses of fish oil, we should take vitamin E, to counter free radicals. Otherwise, fine”

Dabba: “The amino acid l-histidine will help lower your psa. The theory is it pulls heavy metals, particularly nickel, from the prostate. It seems to be working for my dad. When I take it, it reduces the sense of urgency to void. My dad is 80 and I am 50.”

Mareke: “Fish oil is probably not the reason you got the lower reading. PSA fluctuates. I’ve had lots of fluctuations in my readings but I suppose if yours has been steadily climbing and now you get a fall after taking fish oil it may have been responsible but I’ve never seen it put forward before that fish oil does this”

Unfortunately, 333 doesn’t state where he read about the link between fish oil and lowered PSA. He may be referring to a study reported on August 1, 2006 in Clinical Cancer Research. UCLA researchers found that when mice with prostate tumors were fed a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids, growth rate of tumor cells was reduced and PSA levels dropped considerably.

And Bob is correct about using vitamin E with omega-3 supplements. Omega-3s are fatty acids that can oxidize and form free radicals. To offset this risk, HSI Panelist Allan Spreen, M.D., recommends a daily vitamin E supplement (as alpha-tocopherol along with other tocopherols).

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On another topic


With a filet mignon on my plate, high heels on my feet, and surrounded by some of the smartest and most successful people I know, I had important business on my mind. So I looked across the room to see my friend hold up nine fingers, followed by a zero. And I smiled.

While my husband screamed and cheered the Ravens on against the Raiders, I was at a business meeting at a remote chateau in the French countryside last Sunday. Thank heaven for Daryl’s Blackberry. It’s the only way I was able to get regular updates of the game. The signals kept coming until we got a final score – 28 to 9!

Since I didn’t see it, I can only tell you that I know the defense stepped up and the offense didn’t blow it.

As the saying goes (or almost goes), “Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.” Well, Billick and his team are NOT ignoring history. This time last year, they were 0-2. Now they are 2-0 – and, for the first time in a long time, have a better record than the Super Bowl champion Steelers. (I know, it’s too soon to celebrate that, but I still like to cling to the small victories.)

This weekend, the Ravens travel to Cleveland for their first divisional game. As far as history goes, the Ravens blew their last game of the season to Cleveland in Cleveland. So let’s hope that’s one more lesson they don’t ignore, because 3 and 0 sounds pretty good to me.