Are The Benefits Of Fish Oil Supplements Overcome By A High Fat Diet?
We know about the benefits of fish oil supplements to the heart. But beware.
We have talked about the health benefits of fish oil supplements before, to a range of health conditions, but in particular to the heart. However a study has now posed a warning.
The study has suggested that a high fat diet, and in particular a diet high in saturated fat foods, can cancel many of the heart benefits of omega fish oil.
The heart benefits of fish oil are well known, they include a reduction in the incidence of cardio vascular disease including fatal and non fatal heart attacks, as well as strokes.
But although you may be able to get these benefits from taking Omega 3 fish oil supplements you may be doing yourself a disservice if you’re taking your fish oil supplements and also eating lots of foods high in fat.
A new study has found that the benefits of fish oil supplements are highest when combined with a low fat diet, and that a high fat diet could cancel out some or all of the benefits. The study studied rats with heart failure. It looked at the correlation between the benefits of Omega 3 supplementation when combined with a diet high in saturated fats.
The study was conducted by scientists from a range of institutions led by William C. Stanley, Ph.D., from the University of Maryland-Baltimore. It concluded that even though the benefits of fish oil for the heart are known, these benefits can be cancelled out when a high saturated fat diet results in the fat levels in the heart blocking out the heart benefits of the fish oil taken.
It was thought that the high fat levels in the heart blocked the capacity of the heart cells to absorb the helpful polyunsaturated Omega 3 fats from the fish oil.
This study was conducted on rats which already had heart problems, so it’s difficult to know if these conclusions can be applied to people who take Omega 3 capsules but who don’t have any heart disease.
However there are also well known reasons why a diet of high saturated fat foods is not good for your health, so whether or not you already have heart disease there are still very good reasons why you ought to be taking Omega 3 capsules, AND be eating a diet low in saturated fats.
That way you get the health benefits of Omega 3 fish oil along with the health benefits of a good diet. What could be better?
There’s no doubt any more about the benefits of taking fish oil. But fish oil isn’t the only thing that offers health benefits. A diet high in fruit and vegetables and low in saturated fats is also well known to be extremely healthy, and there is also ample evidence that a lifestyle high in exercise is also one of the best things you can do for your health.
Combine Omega 3 supplements with a good diet and plenty of exercise, and watch those nasty fats, and you’ve got a recipe for good health.To find out more about Peter Click Here
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