Fish Oil Claims Unsubstantiated

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    Mar 31, 2015 2:46 AM GMT
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    NYT: The vast majority of clinical trials have found no evidence that fish oil supplements lower the risk of heart attack and stroke.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/30/fish-oil-claims-not-supported-by-research/?ref=health
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    Mar 31, 2015 1:23 PM GMT
    See! I knew something was fishy! icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 01, 2015 4:03 AM GMT
    There's also no evidence that driving safely is safer than driving like a maniac. Your chances of dying in an auto accident are the same, because no matter how safe you drive, someone idiot could slam into you.

    But hey, I like eating fish anyway, so any evidence pointing toward the benefits of fish oil only serve to justify what I'm going to eat anyway. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 03, 2015 4:50 AM GMT
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    Ah, but what of bottled fish oil? I love the lemon flavored "Norwegian fish" Carlson brand - doesn't taste fishy at all.
  • Svnw688

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    Apr 03, 2015 6:07 PM GMT
    I eat salmon a lot, so I hope there are benefits, but if there aren't--so be it. I will still eat the heck out of blackened or smoked salmon icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 05, 2015 9:19 PM GMT
    I was always somewhat skeptical about the health benefits of fish oil tablets. I don't waste money on these glorified pills. I am a big eater of both haddock and cod so I am already getting the so called fish oils along with other important nutrients.
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    Apr 05, 2015 9:21 PM GMT
    Rob, Thought you said you are a big eater of haddock and cock!
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    Apr 06, 2015 7:33 AM GMT
    Note that there's still thought to be a benefit from eating FOODS that contain Omega-3, versus taking it via fish oil tablets. The same disparity has been noted in vitamin consumption: much less effective taking vitamins in pill form, versus eating foods high in the vitamins you wish to increase.

    Incidentally, an interesting fact about Omega-3 is that it isn't just confined to animals sources, primarily fish. There are some good plant sources, too. One of the highest is walnuts, of all things.

    Which happen to be a favorite snack of mine, from the time I was a kid, I always keep a bowl of whole walnuts in the kitchen. I don't know how many I have to eat everyday to attain any real Omega-3 benefits, maybe some outrageous number is required.

    I eat about a half-dozen walnuts a day. Whether that does me any good in terms of health I can't say, I've just always liked them. And salmon, too, for that matter. I like it, but don't eat it obsessively.

    Because I've read you have to eat salmon several times a week to gain any real Omega-3 benefits, and it has to be cooked certain ways. Quantities at which you're now facing other health issues associated with eating large amounts of salmon, and certain other fish.

    I dunno, sometimes I think we were just as safe when we weren't being told half this nutritional advice. Which many times turns out later to have been wrong all along. icon_confused.gif