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Mythbusting – Are Fish Oil Supplements Good for Your Health?

Short answer?

Not quite. This may come as a shock, but the truth is that omega 3 fish oil supplements do more harm than good.

And by the end of this short article, you’ll understand why.

Why Supplements Are More Foes Than Friends

Just to be clear, I’m not saying that fatty acids are bad for you. I’m saying that fish oil supplements are useless. Even dangerous.

You see, we need to consume key fatty acids, like docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) that our bodies cannot actually make by itself.

Or make at all.

But we need them since they help…

  • our brains to function at full capacity
  • our kids to have a normal growth and development
  • & our bodies to regulate blood clotting and fight inflammation, which is the root cause of many devastating illnesses out there, like heart disease 1

If you want to read more about inflammation, click the following link -> The Deadly Effects Of Inflammation – The Root Of All Diseases

However, that last point brought me to this:

According to the American Heart Association

“there is a lack of evidence that omega-3 fish oil supplements prevent cardiovascular diseases in the general population.”

And that may be the case for other conditions, as well.

Plus, research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association clearly showed that:

“In a large general-practice cohort of patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors, daily treatment with n−3 fatty acids did not reduce cardiovascular mortality and morbidity.” 2

Fish Oil Supplements: A Potential Cause for Concern?

Unfortunately, due to evolution, our planet is suffering the consequences of consumerism and pollution.

And our oceans are filled with micro particles of plastic floating around and getting eaten by fish. The toxins contained by these micro plastics are stored in the fat of the fish. 3

And the fattier fish you consume, the more of these toxins eventually get stored inside your body.

And considering that fish oil supplements contain concentrated amounts of that compound (up to 1,200 mg of fish oil)… well… it’s best to avoid them.

Also, beware of what fish you buy from the market -> Are You Unknowingly Poisoning Yourself with Mercury?

So then what can you do? Where can you get your Omega-3 nutrition from?

Ruth Kava, Ph.D., senior nutrition fellow at the American Council on Science and Health recommends people to take their Omega-3 portion from foods, like:

  • Flaxseeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Canola oil
  • Olive oil
  • Walnuts
  • Algae

That’s right. Algae is one of the best options you have to get plenty of fatty acids into your system, the natural way.

Plus, algae are THE superfoods that fish feed on. That’s why fish are rich in fatty acids, like docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

And besides, algae are not as much contaminated by plastic particles (floating at the top), since they lie at the bottom of the ocean.

Let me know what you believe about these type of supplements. I’m looking forward to reading all of your replies.

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To your health.

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