- Posted October 18, 2013 by
Myths of Fish Oil
Fish is a major food resource throughout the world and can either be caught from the wild or cultivated in open sea of fresh water pens, ponds and cages. There are literally hundreds of varieties that lend themselves to a variety of fish recipes. In fact, fish has also reached to other categories aside from being a main dish including appetizer recipes
In general, deep sea fish are higher in protein and omega fatty acids and low in saturated fat making it a popular food for dieters. In fact, pescetaranism was coined for those who refrain from eating red meat but allow themselves seafood. Health benefits from a consuming a lot of this healthy food include improvements in brain function and heart health.
Along the increasing popularity of omega 3 fatty acids and fish oil, certain myths which have been concocted by people calling themselves experts or researchers. These myths unlike real world benefits are not backed up by research but rather based on reasoning with no understanding of how it supplementation works.
Myth no. 1: Fish oil thins your blood to prevent clotting
While research has shown that it is great when it comes to preventing heart attacks by eliminating clots with your blood it does not in any way imply that it makes it difficult for your blood to form clots in case of injuries. However if you are taking medication that alters your blood's ability to form clots by reducing instances of platelets within your blood then it would be a good idea to consult with your doctor prior to supplementing with it.
Myth no. 2: Fish oil spoils your appetite
While we are somehow programmed to think that fats and they are bad for us studies have shown that our bodies need omega 3 in order to efficiently regulate our weight. However when it comes to appetite you shouldn't feel full after taking two or more capsules a day. The myth that these fats can compensate for regular fats in our food by making us feel full especially if you are overweight is absurd. Omega 3s' do not affect your diet in any way and so you shouldn't rely on them for nutrition.
Myth no. 3: Take Flax Seed Oil instead of Fish Oil
This myth is 100% untrue! While researchers acknowledge that flax seed is a really good source for fiber its omega 3 content is not as good. Flax Seed oil contain ALA which is converted inside of the body which lowers the DHA and EPA levels within it, considerably making it less than half as good as it. Taking flax seed oil is good but you shouldn't use it in place of it since they both have their own place in your diet.
Myth no. 4: All Omega 3 supplements are equal
The hype created by many supplement companies relating to the use of Omega 3 has everyone reaching for any supplement they find that contains this chain of fatty acids. The fact is that not all omega 3 supplements are the same and you should be especially concerned about what you are popping into your mouth and especially into the mouths of your kids. For instance cod liver oil with omega 3 is certainly cheaper but cod liver oil also contains toxins primarily since it's a liver extract and one of the jobs of the liver is to filter out toxins. Plus it also has high levels of vitamin 'A' which may not be beneficial for kids; on the other hand omega 3 fish oil is a much safer and higher quality supplement with more benefits and almost no side effects.
Source: 4 Myths About Omega 3 Fish Oil by Robert L Hernandez