Today I am fired up at the release of a new study from JAMA, which stated, “Overall, omega-3 PUFA supplementation was not associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality, cardiac death, sudden death, myocardial infarction, or stroke.” I know I will have many doctors and patients ask me about this so I am here to tell you upfront that this is absolutely a myth, there are over 30,000 clinical studies that show and prove essential fatty acids such as fish oil help reduce inflammation, thus preventing heart disease. What is ridiculous is that every TV talk show, newspaper and magazine publishers are taking this meta-analysis study, for face value, to get ratings. Heck Reuters Health stated – The tides are turning for fish oil, at least when it comes to usefulness of supplements in staving off heart attacks and stroke. Notice I said Meta-analysis which is where they took 20 of the 30,000 plus studies and combined the data together to develop an overview of the this topic, this is without errors. Many of the people in the studies used had already had at least a heart attack and were on multiple medications, which make it very difficult to tease out the more subtle benefits of a dietary supplement. I could talk all day about this but I am not going to. I would like to layout some foundational information for you. First, Supplements are called supplements for a reason; they are to supplement a healthy diet. Supplements are not the diet, however many companies would like to make you believe this because it makes them more money. Listen up, You can take all the supplements in the world, but if you still have a poor sedentary lifestyle that includes smoking, drinking, and eating junk food, while taking supplements you will still have poor health. There are two fundamental reasons that we become sick and diseased, those reasons are: deficiency and/or toxicity. Fish Oil is not a panacea it is an essential fatty acid. Why is it called essential? Because essential fatty acids like Omega 3’s are essential for life, we don’t make them so we have to get them from an outside source and that is where fish oil comes in. It does not need to be converted to EPA/DHA like other forms of plant-based oils like flax seed oil, because it is EPA/DHA already which is anti-inflammatory. That is indisputable information. Because it is anti-inflammatory and heart disease is in large an inflammatory disease, fish oil can help in the prevention and reversal of such inflammatory diseases. But lets put it into perspective a minimal amount of fish oil daily will not undo 20 years of...
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Dr. Ryan Bentley has dedicated his personal and professional life to providing the truth, that he has learned, both to physicians and the general public with regards health, healing, and faith. Dr. Bentley takes pleasure in speaking nationally, helping patients, researching, studying truth, and writing.