American doctors no longer believe in the usefulness of this Supplement. Maybe it's time to stop deluding oneself and us? Fish oil today is the third most popular dietary Supplement after vitamins and minerals. About 10% of Americans drink it every day. It is assumed that the fatty acid omega-3, which it contains, very beneficial for our brain and serves as a protector of the cardiovascular system. But there is one big problem: there were quite a large number of clinical studies to find out how this product is useful actually, but none of them proved that he is able to exert any influence on your heart. No, you will drink cod liver oil or not, and how likely that you will fall down a stroke.
In the period from 2005 to 2012 in the United States alone had spent at least two dozen careful studies of the effect of fish oil on our health. It is only those works that have been published in leading scientific journals. Every time scientists tried to find out whether drinking it people who suffer from high cholesterol, hypertension and type II diabetes.
All of these studies found that the benefits of fish oil — exactly the same as placebo. In other words, it is only when you yourself believe it.
"The sale of this food additive are growing rapidly and all over the world. People do not care that all the progressive research has already proven his uselessness," says Andrew gray, a Professor of medicine at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
Why fish oil is not working? Because it contains omega-3 and eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acid! As you know, the last thin the blood and prevent blood clots in the cardiovascular system. Omega-3 suppresses inflammation in the body and helps in atherosclerosis. But somehow, in the composition of the fish oil they are not working. They are simply not absorbed!
Why is everyone convinced of the benefits?It all started in the 1970s, when Danish scientists Hans Olaf and Jorn Dyerberg found that the indigenous people of Greenland, despite the fact that we live in a harsh climate in General is much healthier than the Europeans. They are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases, and their elders longer retain clarity of mind. Then the scientists made a conclusion that all these miracles were possible thanks to the cod-liver oil, which is particularly popular. And people believed them!Later, a cardiologist from the University of Ottawa George Fodor found that these studies had many shortcomings. He came to the conclusion that the number of cardiovascular disease among the Inuit had seriously underestimated the Danes. But rumor around the miraculous effects of fish oil has not subsided. As is often the case, belief in miracles was for people more important than the hard truth.
In the 1990s, another acclaimed Italian study showed that for people who have suffered a heart attack, fish oil was more effective in recovery than the traditional intake of vitamin E. It made the American heart Association to recommend this Supplement to all who have heart problems.
What now? "Since then, much has changed. Dozens of studies have shown that it is of no use. But people don't want to hear: pop culture and the media did their job," laments James Stein, Director of the cardiology clinic at the University of Wisconsin.
The expert refers to a study of 12 thousand people, published in 2013 by the New England journal of Medicine. It showed that fish oil did not reduce the mortality of survivors of a heart attack. He doesn't even reduces the symptoms of atherosclerosis.
"The era when everyone believed in the usefulness of this Supplement, ends. The attitude among the medical community is changing rapidly. Sooner or later we will be able to convey this understanding to the ordinary people," concludes Dr. Gianni Tognoni from the Institute of pharmacological research in Milan.Dr. Stein even warns that fish oil can be very dangerous if along the way you take aspirin or other means to thin the blood.
"We often meet patients who drink cod liver oil and at the same time taking aspirin. And then come to us with a problem: too frequent nosebleeds. We recommend that they abstain from taking fish oil — and the problem "resolves" itself," he says.
Like many other cardiologists, Stein recommends to avoid popular supplements and instead focus on your diet. People who worry about the health of your heart, experts advise eating fatty fish at least twice a week.published
Author: Konstantin Shiyan