Fish oil is hailed for its plentiful health benefits. But new research suggests that the long-term consumption of fish oil or sunflower oil may increase the risk of fatty liver disease later in life. By studying rats, researchers found that lifelong intake of sunflower oil or fish oil led to changes in the liver that make the organ vulnerable to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). NASH is a more serious form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Study co-author José Luis Quiles, a professor of physiology working at the University of Granada in Spain, and colleagues recently reported their findings in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. It is estimated that around 20 percent of people in the United States who have NAFLD also have NASH, and the condition becomes more common with age. NASH is characterized by a buildup of fat in the liver — which is not caused by alcohol consumption — inflammation, and liver cell damage. The liver damage that occurs in NASH … [Read more...] about Fish oil may not be as healthful as you think, study finds
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This article was originally published on Men's Health.Maybe we haven’t struck oil after all. Omega-3 fatty acid supplements were thought to deliver the same cancer-fighting, heart-saving, brain-preserving benefits as real fish but without the stinky hassle. That’s why when these dietary supplements hit the U.S. market, we were immediately hooked. Today, in fact, fish oil outranks herbal supplements in popularity among American men.Unfortunately, there may now be a catch. While research in the 1990s initially suggested benefits from dietary fish oil supplementation, new studies, including several high-profile reviews published in trusted journals, no longer support many of the original health claims.The Health Effects Of FishThe Bible has anecdotes of people using fish gallbladders to treat blindness. The Spaniards believed fish bile cured madness. And when your grandpa was a pup, he probably had to swallow cod-liver oil to prevent rickets—a bone disorder caused by … [Read more...] about Why You Probably Don’t Need To Take Those Fish Oil Supplements You’ve Been Swallowing Every Day
Maybe we haven’t struck oil after all. Omega-3 fatty acid supplements were thought to deliver the same cancer-fighting, heart-saving, brain-preserving benefits as real fish—but without the stinky hassle.That’s why, when these dietary supplements hit the U.S. market, we were immediately hooked. Today, in fact, fish oil outranks herbal supplements in popularity among American men.Unfortunately, there may now be a catch. While research in the 1990s initially suggested benefits from dietary fish oil supplementation, new studies—including several high-profile reviews published in trusted journals—no longer support many of the original health claims.The Health Effects Of FishThe Bible has anecdotes of people using fish gallbladders to treat blindness. The Spaniards believed fish bile cured madness. And when your grandpa was a pup, he probably had to swallow cod-liver oil to prevent rickets, a bone disorder caused by vitamin deficiency.Research into the … [Read more...] about Why You Don’t Need to Take Fish Oil Supplements
I’m sitting in my hotel yesterday morning enjoying a cup of coffee.As I’m paging through the USA Today (guilty pleasure #1 when traveling) and listening to a morning TV show (guilty pleasure #2 when traveling) I heard the news anchor say something that almost made me spew my coffee.“If you’re chewing your fish oil right now, immediately spit it out. A new study just released found fish oil increases the risk of prostate cancer by 71%.”As someone who takes fish oil daily, is an educator for a fish oil company, and when asked what supplements you should take, respond with “fish oil and vitamin D” I needed to hear more.The little blurb I heard also conflicted with a large meta analysis (review of many studies) published in 2010 that showed fish consumption was protective against prostate cancer mortality.Back to the study at hand, which I’ve now had the chance to read in its entirety and got to talk with a handful of colleagues … [Read more...] about Fish Oil Causes Prostate Cancer?
Omega-3 and vitamins A and D are present in fatty or oily fish, such as trout, mackerel, tuna, herring, sardines, and salmon. Fish-oil and omega-3 supplements are popular because they are believed to have health benefits. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommend eating oily fish and omega 3 to promote heart health. However, studies have produced mixed results. In 2012, a National Health Survey found that around 7.8 percent of adults in the United States (U.S.), or 18.8 million people, and 1.1 percent of children aged 4 to 17 years, had taken a fish oil supplement in the previous 30 days. White fish also contain oils, but at lower concentrations, and mainly in the liver. Cod is a white fish, and its oil is concentrated in its liver. Cod liver oil contains less omega-3 fatty acid but more vitamin A and D. This article will focus on the benefits of fish oil as a source of omega 3. Omega-3 fatty acids are fats commonly found in plants and marine life. Two types are plentiful in … [Read more...] about Fish oils and omega-3 oils: Can they benefit our health?
1) from the diet, and many Americans fail to get the right balance of omega-3s and omega-6s. The Standard American Diet is a key factor in this imbalance because the average American consumes too many foods high in omega-6s such as fried foods, fast foods, meats, dairy, and vegetable oils, and not enough omega-3s. What type of omega-3 fatty acids should be a part of the diet? Among the main sources of omega-3s are flaxseeds and flaxseed oil, and fish and fish oil. When it comes to flaxseed oil vs. fish oil, which omega-3 source is best? Flaxseed oil and fish oil contain different types of omega-3 fatty acids, so they each have different effects on the body. Fish and fish oil contain omega-3s known as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). On the other hand, flaxseed and flaxseed oil contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) (2). The human body does not make EPA, DHA, or ALA, so we have to get these nutrients from our diets. There are pros and cons to taking both … [Read more...] about Flaxseed Oil vs. Fish Oil: Which is the Best Omega-3 Source?
So what’s the deal regarding fish oil capsules? Are they effective at improving health outcomes? Do they do the same thing as eating fish? Well, in theory, fish oil supplements containing the omega-3 fats DHA and EPA in a concentrated form should really be able to accomplish the same things from a physiological perspective as eating the whole fish. There is no doubt that eating fish has an important role in human health. However, the advantage of taking a concentrated supplement of omega-3 fats cannot be discounted. Previous reports have indicated that fish oil supplements can reduce triglycerides and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. They can also improve blood sugar and reduce the production of pro-inflammatory chemicals that can damage arteries. Fish oil supplements can also decrease the production of blood clots and can make the blood less sticky, which can be a good thing if you want to reduce your risk of developing atherosclerosis. Although having thinner blood can … [Read more...] about Fish Oil Supplements: Do They Really Work?
It’s well recognized that omega-3 fatty acids appear to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. These essential fatty acids are a type of unsaturated fatty acid thought to reduce inflammation, which can damage blood vessels and can even lead to cardiovascular disease. They might also reduce triglycerides and lower blood pressure. Sources of omega-3s Essential fatty acids aren’t made by the body, so they must be obtained through food or supplements. A good source of omega-3s is fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, herring, halibut, cod, and tuna. Health professionals recommend that people eat this type of fish at least twice a week. Non-fish food sources of omega-3 fatty acids include flaxseed, flaxseed oil, walnuts, soybeans, and soybean oil. However, research suggests that omega-3s from fish sources may be easier for the body to absorb than those from plant-based sources, as plant sources of omega-3s need to undergo an extra step in the body. Fish oil … [Read more...] about Choosing a Fish Oil Supplement
Fish oil contains fats called omega 3 fats which have reached superstar status in the health and wellness communities. Increased consumption has been shown to help prevent heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. The use of fish oil has been proven to help people who suffer from arthritis and can also be helpful to those who have high cholesterol and blood pressure, too. A diet rich in fish oil and omega 3 fatty acids is recommended for overall health. However, recent evidence published in the journal PLOS ONE promotes fish oil, containing omega 3 fats, for a whole new reason. The study showed that fish oil could have a positive effect on the brain cells of people who drink too much alcohol. Alcohol is hard on your body, and the more you drink, the worse it is. Drinking alcohol in large quantities damages brain cells and induces higher levels of inflammation and free radical damage in the brain. This can lead to the development of degenerative brain diseases such as dementia. The … [Read more...] about We’ve Got Fish Oil on the Brain
Chicago, IL May 1, 2014 Aqua Health Labs, a Chicago based nutritional supplement company, is taking direct aim at the Omega-3 essential fatty acid (EFA) supplement market currently dominated by processed fish oils. Launched in late 2013, the company’s flagship product PhytOriginal is the only EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid, an essential fatty acid) supplement on the market today containing live marine phytoplankton. Abundant scientific evidence demonstrates the health benefits of essential fatty acids, including improved cardiovascular health, lower cholesterol and reduced joint pain. The American Heart Association recommends meeting our need for EFA by eating a 3.5 oz serving of fatty fish at least twice a week, which while preferable from a nutrition standpoint is for many people not a practical or affordable option. Additionally, individuals with coronary artery disease or high triglycerides may not be able to get enough EFA through diet alone. The solution is EFA … [Read more...] about Sustainable Alternative EPA Supplement Targets Billion Dollar Fish Oil Market