“Fish Oil Failures”
Attention, pill poppers of America! Television, radio and printed advertising is saturated with convincing complimentary ads for fish oil supplementation, but scientific studies are showing either no beneficial effects or they show a downside. When scientifically tested, fish oil supplements (omega-3, PUFA) does not live up to the exalted claims of advertisers. In 2005, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that fish oil does not prevent cancer. In 2006, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) reported that omega-3 fatty acids have no heart-health benefit. Among nearly 4,000 heart attack patients, no difference was seen between those who consumed omega-3 supplements and those who took dummy pills. In 2009, other investigators agreed, when they found that consuming fish does not reduce the risk of heart failure.