Over the past 10 years — if not longer — more and more people are being drawn into the belief that Omega 3 and fish oil are an important supplement. Research from this author has shown the opinions and studies to be all over the place. When it comes to health, fitness, and especially nutritional supplementation opinions are rampant.
The most recent article I could find was from an April 3, 2017 posting on Web MD. Omega-3 Fish Oil for Heart Disease The article mostly provided statements we’ve all heard. There is no real news or opinion given in this article. It does recommend we ask our physicians about how much we should take. However, I’m given to understand that doctors don’t learn about this in medical school therefore they aren’t really able or willing to comment. That seemed a strange statement for WebMD to be making. I continued my search and found an article by Mother Nature Network.
This article Mother Nature Network reprinted from December 2016 entitled The truth about fish oil. This report is pretty thorough. As chance would have it I was led to a book review by Bruce P. Daggy, PhD, FACN, Chief Science Officer & SVP R&D, Shaklee Corporation. Both MNN and Dr. Daggy reference the same study in Denmark. The Truth About Omega 3: Facts and Benefits is a wonderful reference book. Authors JØrn Dyerberg and Richard Passwater have clearly done a more complete job of investigating Omega-3. They will much more easily be able to answer your questions and concerns regarding Omega-3. When it comes to making a decision about Omega-3 in your diet remember two things.
- There are many sources, but not every company is diligent about providing
the best purity and potency. Toxins exist in the fish
we eat and the fish used to make the Omega-3 products. Make sure you aren’t consuming toxins.
- It’s good to eat fish. Choice, an online site has a great article which can help you choose good seafood. From the article The Facts on Eating Fish we find: “Here are our top tips for making sustainable seafood choices:
- Look for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification logo on cans and packaging. The fish in MSC-certified products comes from fisheries that meet international standards for sustainable fishing and seafood traceability.
- Use the Australian Marine Conservation Society’s Sustainable Seafood Guide (book, website or app) to make smarter choices while shopping.
- Avoid eating endangered, vulnerable and heavily fished species, including flake, tuna, swordfish and dory.
- Opt for species with healthier population numbers, such as Australian salmon, whiting, mullet and flathead.
- Ask your fishmonger or the person behind the supermarket deli counter which fish, if any, is in season, and where and how the fish was caught or farmed. Just letting the seller know that customers are interested in sustainability might have an impact on the fish they choose to stock in future.”
Thanks for your guidance! Be a fish eater. . . its more fun than popping pills anyway.