3 Health Misconceptions About Fish Oil’s Supposed Super Qualities

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Some of the perceived health benefits of fish oil seen in former studies are no longer, as new research has brought to light the possible health problems linked with having too much fish oil instead.

Fish oil supplements carry many vitamins as well as two important omega-3 fatty acids known as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Though these nutrients are especially vital to your well-being, most individuals receive plenty of it from their diet. These fatty acids are in many fish, so it is suggested that people get the right amount by eating oily fish two times each week– and not ingesting fish oil supplements on the regular.

Below are three health factors that fish oil might have missed the mark on.

1. Eye Health

Research has discovered that fish oil’s omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial part in early eye development. But could these compounds also help to preserve eyes when people get older?

Macular degeneration that’s age-related could experience relief with omega-3 fatty acids– but recent research, including a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last year, has found very little, if any, benefit from ingesting the supplements.

2. Pregnancy

Considering omega-3 fatty acids are exceptional for brain and eye development, it has been suggested that pregnant women get plenty.

While there have been health problems linked to the mercury found in fish, eating fish remains considered the best way to get omega-3s, meaning pregnant women should look to consume fish that’s low in mercury.

3. Prostate Cancer

Though former studies have largely deemed fish oil supplements as having few or no negative side effects, recent research involving prostate cancer disagrees.

One study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute last year witnessed a link between fish oil supplements and prostate cancer, which helped to confirm previous results showing a greater risk of prostate cancer in men who had a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids in their systems.

New studies find that these fatty acids are connected with prostate tumor development, which needs to be considered for everyone hoping to take omega-3 supplements, the researchers finished.

Always remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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