But is it true? After all we know that correlation does not necessarily mean causation but this is a pretty surprising conclusion no doubt! One that may leave you second guessing that little yellow gel tablet on your counter?
In my mind this is a huge red flag in this study. If you are going to design a study to determine if a certain supplement prevents a specific outcome why would you use participants that either already have that outcome or are damn close?
Even if you take out the folks who have already been diagnosed with heart disease and look solely at individuals with risk factors for heart disease the study is still flawed.
This is why...
It takes a longtime to develop heart disease. How many 12 year olds are keeling over from heart attacks? For the majority of people it is a disease that takes decades to foster. So if it takes a "lifetime" to develop, albeit "lifetime" is getting shorter and shorter, how can taking a supplement for a short period of time reverse a lifetime of abuse?
Take a car for example. You buy a used car that is 10 years old from a friend that you know did not take very good care of it. It was driven like a formula one speed demon, oil changes were few and far between, and other maintenance was virtually non existent.
You get the car and it is not looking good. It runs poorly and drives no better. So you decide to start performing regular oil changes and maintenance on the vehicle.
Do you think that this new spa like treatment you give it is going to offset the 10 years of abuse it received?
Why are our bodies any different?
You smoke, drink heavily, eat a shitty diet, and do not exercise for 50 years but finally decide to jump on the health band wagon because the doc says your at risk for heart disease.
So what is one thing you do? You begin taking a fish oil. Do you think this will honestly offset the decades of poor lifestyle habits and you will magically have a much lower occurrence of cardio vascular disease?
The damage may be already done!
Altering your diet, exercise, and lifestyle can have drastic improvements on your health and your risk of developing a degenerative disease there is no arguing that!
But to say that fish oil alone has little to no impact on the prevention of a disease because you starting giving it to already high risk individuals who may have put themselves through a lifetime of abuse is a flawed study. At least in my opinion.
So that's my beef with this study.
Ok...So Why Take A Fish Oil?
Omega 3 and 6's are essential fatty acids that your body does not have the ability to manufacture. Therefore we can only obtain these vital fats from our diet.
We want our omega's to be as close to a 1:1 balance as possible. This promotes a healthly cardiovascular system, reduced inflammation, and a whole array of positive health benefits.
Omega 3 fatty acids (linolenic acid) are responsible for functions such promoting a healthy cell membrane, reducing inflammation, reducing pain, blood vessel dilation, and many more. Basically a bunch of functions that we would consider positive.
Omega 6 fatty acids (linoleic acid) on the other hand does the complete opposite. They promote inflammation, increase pain, cause blood vessel constriction, etc.
You might be asking yourself "if omega 6's promote unwanted functions within the body then why do we need it at all?". Well although these process may be seen as a "negative" they are necessary part of human survival. When you injury a limb your body needs to swell and increase pain in order to begin the healing process.
The problem arises, as it has for the majority of us, when this ratio swings out of balance in favour of high omega 6 fatty acids. This has occurred because of the increased consumption of foods high in omega 6's but low in omega 3's.
The main culprit being increased consumption of industrial seed oils. Oils such as safflower oil, soybean oil, corn oil, canola oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, etc.
Our modern North American diet has caused this omega 3:6 ratio to move from a healthy 1:1 to around 1:15 and even as high as 1:20. This imbalance is increasing the rate and occurrence of chronic disease, joint pain, depression, and so on.
This is where supplementing with fish oil, along with a change in diet, comes into play.
Fish oil, along with fatty fish, contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) both properties known for their health benefits. But on a more simple level fish oil is primarily comprised of omega 3 fatty acids.
Increasing your intake of omega 3's therefore helps bring your omega 3:6 ratio into closer balance with one another!
Here are some of the potential benefits from supplementing with a high quality fish oil...
- Improved blood flow and arterial function
- Reduced inflammation
- Improving the skins resistance to sun damage
- Improved memory and cognitive function
- Increased joint health and reduced joint pain
- Promote the absorption of vitamins and minerals
- Reducing ADHD symptoms in children
What Fish Oil Should You Take?
But perhaps most importantly is the mercury content. We all know that fish contain traces of mercury to some degree and fish oil is no different. There are 2 main things to look for when purchasing a fish oil...
1. The fish oil comes from small, wild, deep water fish such as sardines and anchovies.
2. The fish oil is distilled at least once to minimize the mercury content in the oil.
So What Do I Take?
Besides from the usual pharmaceutical grade, guaranteed potency and purity, and optimal levels of micronutrients, BiOmega is sourced from wild sardines and anchovies as mentioned above and is double distilled.
This doubling distilling process leaves the BiOmega fish oil supplement with untraceable amounts of mercury. This is super important and comforting knowing that you can get the health benefits of the fish oil without the potential harmful effects of mercury.
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