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Recent Article Stirs Fish Oil Controversy

Recently, an article was published that stated “fish oils may raise prostate cancer risks.” The article has caused a lot of controversy about fish oil supplementation. Since its publication, experts have found several reasons why they may have come to this potentially incorrect conclusion.

  • The published information came from a trial that looked at vitamin E and selenium in prostate cancer risk. The study did not have any intention of looking at omega-3 fatty acid levels until after the study was completed.
  • The study made the assumption that omega-3 fatty acids caused prostate cancer after looking at one blood sample from each participant that was drawn at the start of the trial.
  • There was no information collected on how much fish participants ate or whether they took fish oil supplements. They simply looked at blood levels from one sample and attempted to make a connection.
  • The omega-3 fatty acid content of blood can be affected by a meal up to 48 hours after consumption. This would allow for a wide range of values based upon what the participants ate in the days prior to the study.
  • Numerous studies (prior to this one) have found that fish oil is not only safe in a wide dosage range, but is a crucial part of healthy human functioning.

CarePro Advance Health still recommends that people take a fish oil supplement to help with inflammation, as well as heart, brain and hormone function. Contact Lucinda Harms, RPh, at CarePro Advance Health for more information.