I do not eat a lot of fish. Once a week I might make tuna salad, or eat frozen fish fillet once a month. When I began to read the benefits of fish oil supplements I began to take them faithfully. Omega 3 fish oil supplements have been recommend for decades.
I believed, as do many others that taking Omega 3 rich fish oil supplements, would give me the same benefits as consuming actual fish. I thought I was really getting a jump on my health by taking a daily Omega 3-6-9 supplement,(fish, borage and flax oil).
One study indicated that individuals who took Omega 3 supplements had less inflammation and joint pain than those who did not. And I personally do not deal with pain and inflammation as do others my age. While they may help with joint pain and inflammation, new research indicates that Omega 3 fish oil supplements do not offer 100% of the benefits of eating cold water fish such as salmon and mackerel.
Contrary to the belief of some and the desire of others, supplements are just what they claim to be. They supplement the human diet. Our bodies work best when we get our nutritional needs met by a combination of healthy foods.
There are many benefits in the foods we eat that were endowed by our Creator, that supplements cannot duplicate. This is true of fish. New research indicates that Omega 3 supplements may not have the ability to prevent heart attack and stroke, that have been claimed.
The January 7th 2013 edition of Women’s World Magazine,(page15) quotes a British Medical Journal report stating that 2 weekly servings of Omega 3 rich fish helps prevent stroke, while fish oil supplements do not.
A study done at Cambridge University has revealed that fish oil supplements may reduce inflammation and cholesterol, but have no effect in prevention of stroke. To reduce the risk of stroke, you must eat at least 2 actual servings a week of Omega 3 rich fish like salmon or tuna.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the unsaturated fat in fish can cut the risk of heart disease by 1/3. They recommend eating one to two servings of cold water fish each week.
There has been concern that harmful mercury levels in fish would outweigh the benefits. The Mayo Clinic indicates just the opposite is true. The healthy benefits of eating fish far outweigh any problems from mercury.
New Studies regarding fish oil supplements often seem to contradict previous research. This is why we should remember that when it comes to our health, there is no one size fits all. One group of individuals may respond in a vastly different manner than another to the same stimuli.