Fish Vs. Fish Oil Pill

Trends come and go, but when it comes to your health, it’s not so simple. The fish oil pill and Omega-3 supplements are used by many to stave off heart disease. According to new research findings, this trend may be facing its end.

Fish oil pills are essentially the "active ingredients" from popular fish like salmon and sardines, in an easy capsule form.

Omega-3 fatty acids are known to be good for your health, especially those found in fish, a lean protein boasting many other vitamins and minerals. Long ago it was discovered that people with fish-rich diets on the whole had less heart disease. By consolidating the “active ingredients” into capsules, researchers postulated that similar benefits would promote heart health. Thus the fish oil pill was born.

A study going on since 1989 by Greek researchers is showing that the link between fish oil pills and decreased heart disease is very thin. There are many variables that make studying heart disease complicated, like nutrition habits and genetics. While doctors are hesitant to rule out the use for fish oil pills, the consensus is that fish supplement pills are not the answer.

“What we have learned over the years is you can’t think about individual nutrients in isolation,” says Alice Lichtenstein, director of Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at Tufts University in Boston. (Reuters)

Wild salmon is notoriously rich in omega-3s, and much tastier than a fish pill.

The research findings are new, but the story stays the same—eat more fish, especially those naturally rich in omega-3s like wild salmonikura, and albacore tuna.

Doctor’s orders.

Posted Dec 1st by Danielle