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fish-oil-offers-no-brain-benefitsSomething Smells Fishy About Fish Oil’s Health Claims.

Burping up fish smell every morning may not be worth it after all. A new study showed that fish oil supplements may not be the wonder-supplement that wards off Alzheimers and dementia. The study, published by the Cochrane Review, showed people who consumed fish oil for a three year period scored no better on cognitive memory tests than those given a placebo pill. The study points out that fish oil may have benefits if taken for longer than three years but longer studies need to be conducted to have conclusive evidence on fish oil’s health benefits.

What is Fish Oil?

Some fish are naturally rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are great for heart health and are imperative to a balanced diet. Fish oil supplements are usually made from fish that are packed with the healthy oils such as tuna, mullet or anchovy. People use fish oil pills for a lot of different reasons. For one, studies have shown that fish oil lowers triglycerides (high levels of triglycerides in blood mean a higher risk of heart disease!) However, it appears that fish oil may not have any affect on the brain and reducing dementia.

Fish Oil Study

The Cochrane Review study, which included over 3500 participants over age 60, didn’t look at fish oil that occurs naturally in a healthy diet. Instead, the study focused on fish oil supplements in both pill form or in margarine. While the three-year study didn’t return any conclusive results on whether fish oil supplements could have long-term benefits, fish oil in fish has been proven to lower the risk of heart disease. The American Medical Association suggests eat two servings of oily fish per week.

Healthiest Types of Fish

Even though fish oil supplements might not be all they're cracked up to be in terms of memory health, he following fish are great seafood options. They’re low in mercury but super heart healthy!

    • Anchovies
    • Herring
    • Oysters
    • Mackerel (canned)
    • Salmon
    • Sardines
    • Trout

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