Fishy data on benefits of fish oil

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If you’re wondering whether fish oil with its Omega-3 fatty acids can improve your health, the National Institutes of Health says yes it can, and no, not really.

That’s right. The big government folks who are supposed to know these things say Omega-3 fatty acids are good for preventing heart disease.

But if you drill a little deeper, you’ll find information that suggests fish oil pills are useless because Omega-3 supplements have not been shown to protect against heart disease.

Americans will spend about $1.2 billion on fish oil products this year. That’s about 10 times what we spent a decade ago, despite no scientific evidence the stuff works.

The release of the US Dietary Goals in 1977 may have been the start of the long debate over the benefits of fish oil’s Omega-3 fatty acids.

Those are the same goals that told us to pile on the carbs and forget about the fats.

If anyone should know, you would think it would be the American Heart Association.

They say we should eat fatty fish at least twice a week. Fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and albacore tuna.

And if have heart disease and don’t have a convenient fishmonger, the heart association says to talk with your doctor about those Omega-3 supplements the government people aren’t sure about. The heart folks also say to be careful with the amount of those fish oil pills you take. They say too many could cause bleeding. And bleeding where you shouldn’t bleed is never a good thing.

So, if all of this Omega-3 stuff sounds fishy, you’re probably right, but just take it as a little more food for thought.