Fish oil – it’s nothing but pure goodness, right? Well, capsuled fish grease may have a few surprises in store for your perceptions. For most people in the West, we have a diet heavy in Omega 6 fish oils already so ideally, you’ll want to either consume or supplement with Omega 3’s to balance the ratio and see any potential health benefits.
True or False – All fish oil is food for you
False: Harvard University research found that even the top selling fish oils can have a 77% reduced ability to protect your LDL (bad cholesterol) oxidation.
True or False – Fish oils can last for months in the fridge
True. Just three months to be exact is the shelf life, found research in Food Chemistry.
True or False – You’ll protect your heart with fish oil
False. A paper in the Heart, Lung and Circulation Journal found fish oil supplements didn’t benefit people who have had a previous heart attack. Evidence that it may protect healthy individuals is still a little hit and miss.
True or False – It will heal your post-workout hurts
True. A study in the Journal of Dietary Supplements found taking 6g of fish oil per day for a week resulted in less muscle soreness after lifting.
FISH OIL STUDIES
Fish oils interfering with LDL
Mason, PR and Sherrat SCR. “Omega-3 fatty acid fish oil dietary supplements contain saturated fats and oxidized lipids that may interfere with their intended biological benefits.” Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications – Available online 21 December 2016 | In Press, Corrected Proof
3 month shelf life of fish oils
Boran, Gökhan, Hikmet Karaçam, and Muhammet Boran. “Changes in the quality of fish oils due to storage temperature and time.” Food chemistry 98.4 (2006): 693-698.
Fish oil study found not to be protective against heart disease
Muscle soreness and inflammation reduction after consuming fish oil