Seven More Surprising Health Benefits of
Omega-3 fatty acids as found in fish oil continues to show
its worth in conventional medical studies.
Here are some of the newest research reports on Omega-3 fatty
acids, taken directly from recent medical journals:
Fish Oil Added to Statin Therapy Reduces Risk For Major
Results of The Japanese EPA Lipid Intervention Study (JELIS), ongoing for 4.6
years, show that the addition of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, a.k.a. "fish
oil") to low-dose statin therapy significantly reduced the incidence of major
coronary events compared with statins alone. The study looked at effects of
statin drugs alone compared to statin drugs with fish oil.
Fish Oil Alone Decreases Heart Attack Risk
Even without statin drugs, fish oil alone decreases the risk of heart attack,
especially "sudden death."
Omega-3 Reduces Risk of Colon Cancer
A "significant dose-dependent reductions in risk" for colon cancer is seen in
people who consume larger amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, especially the kind
found in fish oil (EPA and DHA).
Fish Oil Slows Both Early and Late Macular Degeneration
MD risk can be lowered by up to 40% with regular consumption of fish oil. For
early MD, eating fish once per week attained these protective levels. For late
MD, eating fish 3 times per week was necessary to achieve these results. The
effects of higher Omega-3 fatty acids was more pronounced when intake of
polyunsaturated vegetable fats (all usual cooking oils except olive and
canola) were decreased as O-3 intake was increased.
Higher I.Q.'s in Children When Mom Takes Fish Oil During Pregnancy
Children whose mother's had the highest blood levels of EPA and DHA (Omega-3
fatty acids found in fish oil) did significantly better on I.Q. tests at age 4
than those born to mother's with low O-3 levels. Other studies have
demonstrated better eye-hand coordination in kids of moms who took O-3's
Fish Oil Increases Weight Loss in Overweight Men
Overweight men on calorie-restricted diets lost an average of 2.2 pounds more
per month when fish or fish oil supplements were included in their diets.
These effects were not seen in women.
Fish Oil Decreases High Triglycerides
Fish oil works as well as niacin (a B vitamin) and
gemfibrozil (a drug) for lowering high triglyceride levels. Fish oil is
now available as a prescription drug at 20 times the cost of non-prescription
AND Now, from the "We Want to Make Any Useful Natural
Substance into a Prescription Drug" Department...
...(and also from Dr. Myatt's "I Told You So" Department)...
The makers of prescription fish oil, which is slightly
more concentrated than most non-prescription varieties but also 20 times more
expensive, want you to believe that their obscenely expensive fish oil is
better because, well, it's "FDA Approved" and therefore safer. Hahaha. (Please
see this month's drug recalls and safety
Here's a clip of the drivel the drug company is feeding
doctors about their prescription fish oil: "P-OM3 is the only omega-3 fatty
acid product (Omacor capsules) approved by the US FDA available in the United
States as an adjunct to diet to reduce very high (> or = 500 mg/dL) triglyceride
levels in adult patients.P-OM3 can be used with confidence by practitioners who
want to provide therapeutic doses of omega-3 fatty acids in a preparation that
has been documented to be both safe and effective."
And in s separate journal article, "Fish oil products containing EPA
and DHA are available without a prescription, but the American Heart Association
advises that therapy with EPA and DHA to lower very high triglyceride levels
should be used only under a physician's care."
Dr. Myatt's Comment: One wonders why you need a doctor's care to take
fish oil, since so many studies are proving it's safety even during pregnancy.
Do I smell a fishy profit motive here?
Effects of eicosapentaenoic acid on major coronary
events in hypercholesterolaemic patients (JELIS): a randomised open-label,
blinded endpoint analysis.
Lancet. 2007 Mar 31;369(9567):1090-8.
2.) Effects of fish-oil supplementation on myocardial fatty acids in humans.Am
J Clin Nutr. 2007 May;85(5):1222-8.
3.) Dietary Fatty Acids and Colorectal Cancer: A Case-Control Study.
Am J Epidemiol. 2007 May 9; [Epub ahead of print].
4.) Dietary fatty acids and the 5-year incidence of age-related maculopathy.
Arch Ophthalmol. 2006 Jul;124(7):981-6.
5.) Maternal supplementation with very-long-chain n-3 fatty acids during
pregnancy and lactation augments children's IQ at 4 years of age.Pediatrics.
6.) Cognitive assessment at 21/2 years following fish oil supplementation in
pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial.
Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2006 Dec 21.
7.) Randomized trial of weight-loss-diets for young adults varying in fish and
fish oil content.
Int J Obes (Lond). 2007 May 15; [Epub ahead of print]
8.) Role of prescription omega-3 fatty acids in the treatment of
Pharmacotherapy. 2007 May;27(5):715-28.
9.) Differentiating prescription omega-3-acid ethyl esters (P-OM3) from
dietary-supplement omega-3 fatty acids.
Curr Med Res Opin. 2007 May;23(5):1139-45.