Watch Out for Bad Science
Have you always taken your fish oil supplements faithfully; believing they are good for your heart, brain, joints, inflammation, mood and more?
Then you heard the roomer last summer (July 2013): there was a study that showed a link to Omega-3's and Prostate Cancer.
Now your not so sure about those fish oil supplements. Is it worth the risk? Could they be harming your health?
Let us put your mind at ease. Those fish oil supplements are still GREAT for your heart, brain, joints, inflammation etc. You should keep taking them. The study that was released this past July that claimed there may be a connection between prostate cancer and omega-3's was not a good study.
IT WAS BAD SCIENCE! Here is why:
1. This study used frozen blood samples LEFT OVER from a different study on Vitamin E and Selenium NOT Omega 3's.
2. The specific blood test that was used was not appropriate to study long term Omega 3 status. The test this study used only tested omega 3's in the last 48 hours. Subject may have had high omega 3's due to what they ate not supplements. The study showed no record of long term Omega 3 intake.
3. The omega 3's were only tested once. They were never tested again in the study. Therefore, the findings are considered unreliable.
As you can see this study released by the Journal of National Cancer Institute last July is not reliable and there is NO direct evidence linking Omega 3's and prostate cancer. Here is a short video by Nordic Naturals Chief Medical Officer explaining the three flaws of the study listed above.
As consumers we need to understand that researchers get paid for every article/study they publish. So, if they can publish a study on left over samples and information, it is like a two for one deal. They get paid twice for the same amount of work even if the results they produce are faulty.
We want you to be educated consumers. So when you hear of a study like this one, we would encourage you to look into it. Here are a few things to look for:
1. Who funded the study?
2. How many subjects/samples were studied?
3. Is the source reliable?
4. Is the test actually applicable to what is being studied?
The supplement world can be confusing because of BAD SCIENCE and FAULTY STUDIES like this one. We want to encourage you to always look a little deeper! It is your health we are talking about here! We want you to be healthy and feel good!!