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Get Omega-3s from Plants—Not Fish Oil

  August 26, 2015     Dr. Neal Barnard    

 
 

Omega-3 supplements don’t keep your brain healthy, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers followed 4,000 patients over a five-year period and found that the supplements don’t slow cognitive decline.
 
It’s not the first time the supposed benefits of omega-3 supplements—typically derived from fish oil—have been debunked. Recent studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Archives of Internal Medicine all found that supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids does not improve heart health. Omega-3 supplements may also increase men’s risk of developing prostate cancer.
 
Omega-3 fatty acids are important in the normal functioning of all tissues of the body, but they are best obtained through a plant-based diet, not fish oil supplements. Download our omega-3 infographic to learn more about the most healthful sources.  

 

Comments

about hemp seed oil and sterols

that's very interesting, Dr Barnard. I take hemp seeds and their oil, i suffer from eczema and it's part Of my good skin regimen. What's your opinion on this type Of seed, compared to flax and chia?
Also, is there a certain amount Of sterols present in oils and if so, is it in significant enough amounts to act favorably on one's health? Thank you!

Does this also apply to vegan Flaxseed Oil Supplements?

I take DEVA Vegan Flaxseed Oil Supplements and wondered if there is any benefit to taking them. There are lots of other vegan products, like Earth Balance and Vegenaise that indicate they provide Omega-3 as well. Are these sources also suspect?

what about algae oil?

I take omega 3 (from algae oil)--I'm guessing that's part of this?

nice info

nice info

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