Are fish oil supplements safe if I am allergic to fish?You're better off avoiding them or at least using them cautiously. The benefits of fish oil's omega-3 fatty acids (mainly DHA and EPA) are powerful: Research shows they can cut the risks of heart disease and blood clotting and reduce inflammation. But fish oil supplements may provoke a reaction in anyone with seafood allergies.Instead, try supplements that provide DHA and EPA extracted from algae--similar to the marine omega-3 source fish feed on. These are already popular with vegetarians; order at lifesdha.com or water4.net. Source: Richard Harkness is a consultant pharmacist and author of five books on evidence-based natural medicine … [Read more...] about Fish Oil Supplement Allergies
The benefits of fish oil supplements
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
Most of the time, the only way to counteract the damage that particulate matter can do to your heart and brain is to move away from it—not always a practical solution. Now, scientists have found that omega-3 fish oils can fight damage caused by dirty air.In a new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers from the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute for Environmental Health Scientists gave 29 healthy middle-aged adults either omega-3 fish oil supplements or a placebo of olive oil supplements. After four weeks of supplementation, the test subjects were placed in enclosed chambers for two hours while being exposed to pollution levels similar to those you might be exposed to in an average urban environment. Their blood was tested before and after the exposure.After exposure to pollution, the people on fish oil supplements experienced much lower heart rate variability, a marker for cardiovascular damage, and other markers of cardiac … [Read more...] about The Benefits of Fish Oil
Fish oil—both in whole food and supplement form—is usually associated with a number of health benefits including the improvement of joint health, cardiovascular system, immunity and even brain function. But how exactly does it actually help?Before we dig in, let’s remember that most of the benefits of fish oil can be traced to two factors: (1) their status as an omega-3 fatty acid and (2) their ability to be formed into prostaglandins, the signaling molecules in cell membranes.4 Benefits of Fish OilAdding fish oil to your diet won’t necessarily result in these 4 benefits, but is likely to help if your omega-3 and omega-6 intake is currently unbalanced. You’ll benefit from addressing the ratio of omega fatty acids, rather than from taking the fish oil itself.We’re going to cover 4 potential benefits of taking fish oil. But do note that most of the health benefits come from an imbalance of omega-3 to omega-6 intake. Through a normal diet, we get a lot … [Read more...] about How Do Fish Oil Supplements Really Work?
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
Cod liver oil is traditionally believed to be healthful for people's bones. But could cod liver oil and other fish oils play a role in the treatment of arthritis? Arthritis is a common condition that affects 1 in every 5 adults in the United States and is a leading cause of disability. Arthritis affects people's joints, either through inflammation or through cartilage degeneration. This article explores whether fish oil could be beneficial in the treatment of arthritis and how to use it. There are two common types of arthritis, both of which can cause joint pain, stiffness, and mobility problems. These are: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): An inflammatory joint disease caused by a problem in the immune system. Osteoarthritis (OA): A degenerative condition that affects joint cartilage and bones. Cod liver oil and fish oil contain high levels of two types of omega-3 fatty acids: DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). Researchers have found that EPA and DHA both reduce … [Read more...] about Benefits of fish oil for arthritis
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?
An analysis this past January by Labdoor of thirty of the top brands of fish oil supplements showed significant mislabeling, misrepresentations, and mercury contamination (though far below the safety thresholds, it was still present in the supplements). Meanwhile, it’s well established that Omega 3 fatty acids are essential to combating the effects of our highly inflammatory lifestyle, with a range of benefits from promoting cardiovascular health to decreasing the risk and effects of autoimmune disorders, to healthy brain function. Consumers are constantly bombarded with mixed messages: we should eat fish and take fish oil to be healthy, meanwhile, the fish in our oceans are toxic and fish oils are misrepresented and possibly dangerous! Why is live phytoplankton superior to fish oil supplements? When you buy fish oil supplements you are buying a product that’s been heavily processed to extend shelf life and avoid rancidity. Not only that, there’s no … [Read more...] about The problem with fish oil supplements
Millions of Americans and Canadians take fish oil supplements on a daily basis, in hopes of maintaining good cardiovascular health. In 2013 these supplements generated $1.2 billion in sales in the U.S., which goes to show that it’s in high demand. Fish oil supplements contain omega-3s, which are wonderfully healthy fatty acids that are beneficial for brain and nervous system health, protective against heart disease, have anti-inflammatory qualities, and may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and other chronic diseases. It all sounds great, except that many of these supplements might not contain exactly what their labels claim. LabDoor is a testing company that examined the 30 top-selling brands of fish oil supplements in the U.S. Researchers assessed the supplements’ omega-3 content, their mercury levels, and whether the supplements showed signs of rancidity. First, they found that 6 out of the 30 supplement brands contained omega-3 levels that were, on average, 30 … [Read more...] about Do you know what’s in your fish oil supplement?
SANTA CRUZ – People buying certain fish oil supplements to get the benefit of omega-3 fatty acids are ingesting chemicals banned in 1979, according to environmental advocates who filed a lawsuit Monday aimed at forcing manufacturers to warn consumers. The lawsuit names five makers of supplements found to contain polychlorinated biphenyl compounds, drugstores CVS and Rite Aid, which sell those products, and Omega Protein Inc., of Houston, which touts itself as the world’s largest producer of omega-3 fish oil. Attorney David Roe filed the suit in San Francisco Superior Court contending Proposition 65, a law he helped write, requires consumers to be warned when products contain toxic ingredients above the limit deemed safe by regulators. Some of the tested supplements exceed California’s daily limit for PCBs by a factor of 10 in terms of the cancer risk, Roe said. A limit has not been set for the risk of birth defects. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has … [Read more...] about Lawsuit claims PCBs found in 10 fish oil supplements; product labeling sought