To take fish oil supplements or not take fish oil supplements, that is the question!

Omega 3 oils should be an important part of anyone’s diet, especially cancer patients.  Certain oils help our cells function and repair themselves.  Omega 3 fish oil is thought by many to be best.

But a new study debunks many of the assumed advantages of taking fish oil.  Read these excerpts from an article I found on Fox News this week and see what you think:

Should you take fish oil supplements?

FOX NEWS

Dr. David B. Samadi – September 19, 2012

Fish oil is used for a wide array of conditions ranging from lowering blood pressure and cholesterol to Alzheimer’s disease…

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to human health because the body cannot make them; rather, they must be obtained through food.  They can be found in fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut, as well as other seafood including algae and krill, some plants and nut oils…

A new meta-analysis of 20 clinical trials found no statistically significant association between all deaths, cardiac-related deaths, sudden deaths, heart attacks and strokes among people taking fish oil supplements.  So this begs the question, should we even consume these supplements?

The answer may not be as clear as we might have hoped or what we may have wanted to hear.  Taking the recommended dosage of fish oil will not pose any health risks.  However, eating fish twice a week, combined with other healthy eating habits, may prove much more effective than taking supplements alone…

Dr. Samadi is the Vice Chairman of the Department of Urology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of urological disease, with a focus on robotic prostate cancer treatments.

You can read more from Dr. Samadi by CLICKING HERE.

I have been taking fish oil capsules.  I plan to stop that and take the good doctor’s advice to eat fish (salmon) at least twice a week.

Once again, proof good nutrition–and most anti-cancer nutritional secrets–don’t fit inside a capsule.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Fish oil supplements not as effective as once hoped

  1. Steve just got back from Italy. They took him off all chemo while on the trip (3 weeks) so he could feel better but he did go back on Curcumin during that time. They figured they would deal with the rise of his cancer numbers when he got back. His appointment today at Mayo showed a 2 point rise in his number which he has had ever since starting the study. The chemo was keeping things from getting out of hand but his numbers creaped up a couple points every month. He feels super with the chemo holiday and I am thinking—seem like the curcumin is doing just as good as the chemo. Can’t wait until he gets home so I can find out what they are going to do next

    1. I’m so glad that Steve is doing well, Marilyn! And good to hear he is using curcumin–and that you both feel it’s working…

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