Luckily, the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) has come through for us in a big way. They recently issued a report saying that nearly all (yes, ALL! Can you imagine the amount of research that must have gone into such a widespread conclusion?) supplements are nothing but a waste of money and that they don’t offer many benefits.
They were especially critical of fish oil, saying that they couldn’t find any reason for children or adults to take fish oil supplements. Hmm…I guess my visions of round-the-clock research are wrong after all. In fact, the evidence they used in the review, which they say is misleading and inaccurate, is more than a decade old. Since then there have been plenty of studies (double what was available 10 years ago, in fact!) showing that fish oil is beneficial…dare I say critical…to our health.
Two recent meta-analyses found that regular consumption of fish oil decreases the risk of sudden cardiac death. And I can point out so many additional reasons to take fish oil that I can’t even fit them all in this post.
In March, I wrote about research published in the journal Cancer that shows that taking 2.2 grams of fish oil each day helped chemo patients keep their muscle mass and weight up through treatment.
In May of 2008, our team reported that fish oil reduces inflammation and the need for drugs in rheumatoid arthritis.
In July of last year, I told you about the clinical trial that showed 8 weeks of taking a daily fish oil supplement with 1,050 mg of EPA and 150 mg of DHA significantly improved symptoms of depression.
In that same month, I reported about a study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention that showed that fish oil supplements reduced the risk of the most common type of breast cancer by a whopping 32 percent.
So, right there, in about 10 minutes, I was able to find and summarize four major benefits of taking fish oil. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I wonder why the NHS had so much trouble finding those studies…I guess they’re not readers of my posts.
Oh, and funny enough–the NHS deemed fish oil useless, but in the very same report acknowledged that EPA and DHA are important nutrients. Yeah, I’m not sure how that works, either.
Ms. O’Brien has written for Nutrition & Healing, Healthier Talk and a variety of other natural and alternative health outlets. She believes in the power of natural medicine and her goal is to open people’s eyes to the benefits of alternative and integrative medicine.
Christine is passionate about helping people help themselves without having to turn to harsh drugs or invasive surgeries.
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