Over the years, countless studies have been released revealing the health benefits of fish oil supplements. Today, however, a new study out of the University of B.C’s Okanagan campus is questioning the value of these supplements and whether it’s even worth taking them.
According to the research, fish oil supplements, when taking in conjunction with an already-vegetable-rich diet can actually start to have a negative impact on your health.
Sanjoy Ghosh explained the results in the study published in the British Journal of Nutrition this month. He said, “Our hypothesis is that levels of omega 6 are so high in our bodies that any more unsaturated fatty acid – even omega 3, despite its health benefits – will actually contribute to the negative effects omega 6 PUFA have on the heart and gut.” He adds, “When there is too much [polyunsaturated fatty acid], the body doesn’t know what to do with it.”
Ghosh, along with many other health experts, insist that the best way to ensure your body stays healthy is by eating a balanced diet rich in vegetables. “Their is no magic pill that fixes a bad diet,” he said. “The vast majority of studies that show omega 3 oils are beneficial are based on eating fish, not pills. When you eat a lot of fish you automatically eat less of other oils and it’s a healthier balance.”
Sanjoy recommends eating a diet rich in saturated fats (he notes cheese and butter as foods high in saturated fats) and rich in healthy unsaturated fats (he notes olive oil and nuts as foods high in unsaturated fats). This type of diet will promote a more natural balance of fats, he notes.
Do you think the results of Ghosh’s study are accurate?
Source: Calgary Herald