The advice to eat oily fish or take fish oil to lower risk of heart disease, stroke, or mortality is a fish tale according to the evidence. I’m often asked about omega 3 supplements and many of my weight loss clients have been told to take fish oil by someone else. As I posted yesterday in Are you wasting money on multivitamins?, this question is outside my scope of practice. I tell Seattle hypnosis and Bainbridge hypnosis clients to talk to their health care provider, do their research and make their own decision. Personally, I don’t take them. It seems to me that the corporate marketers have done their job amazingly well to create such hype about fish oil. Could it be just a fish tale?
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Is Fish Oil Just Snake Oil?
Put all the studies together, and there’s no justification for the use of omega 3’s as a structured intervention in everyday clinical practice or for guidelines supporting more dietary omega-3s. So what should doctors say when their patients follow the American Heart Association advice to ask them about fish oil supplements? Given this and other negative meta-analyses, our job as doctors should be to stop highly marketed fish oil supplementation in all of our patients.
Dr. John McDougall says that the “fat you eat is the fat you wear.” Fish oil is fat. Does it really make sense to take in fat in the form of a pill when your goal is to reduce the fat on your body?
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