Don’t ditch the fish oil – here’s the real story
Quit your fish oil? Not yet!
A major new study making headlines claims that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil WON’T protect your heart.
But before you send your fish oil out to sea, there’s something you need to know about this study.
It hasn’t proven anything beyond all doubt.
It was a SET UP!
On the surface, it certainly looks like bad news for fish oil. The study put 1,000 mg up against in a placebo in some 15,000 people with diabetes.
Over the course of seven years, it found no differences in either group.
At least, that’s what most of the news reports are saying.
Now, let me share with you the REST of the story.
Over those seven-plus years, just 8.9 percent of those given the fish oil and 9.2 percent of those on the placebo suffered a serious vascular event, including heart attack or stroke.
That’s a very slight edge for fish oil, although the difference isn’t significant.
What really stands out, however, is how more than 90 percent of these folks in BOTH GROUPS – people with diabetes – never suffered a single cardiovascular problem over the course of that many years.
How is that even possible?
One analysis found that the folks in the study had significantly higher than normal levels of omega-3s before they even started, which would certainly explain the low rate of heart problems in both groups.
But even if that weren’t true, there’s something else: The placebo WASN’T a placebo!
The study used olive oil, which is a potent natural therapy on its own – one so effective that I’ve sung its praises many times right here in House Calls.
A high-quality olive oil can protect blood vessels and improve the flow of blood. In people with diabetes, it can also help with blood sugar control.
That’s not a placebo. That’s a powerful health-booster!
There are some other problems with the study as well. The 1,000 mg of fish oil was actually a little low… and lower still when you break it down into the essential omega-3s at 460 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and 380 mg of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Generally, you need higher levels than those to get a real benefit.
The study also flies in the face of other research that shows how both fish-eaters and people who take fish oil supplements DO have a much lower risk of serious heart problems.
One study last year found that fish oil supplements cut the risk of cardiac death by 8 percent -- enough to save 1,000 lives every week in the United States alone.
Throw in the fact that fish oil can protect the eyes, thin the blood, improve your mood, and enhance your memory with virtually NO RISK, and you’d have to question the TRUE motives of anyone trying to get you to quit it.