what should i supplement to be healthy

Hey There, Wild Ones!

I’ve told you before that the very first week I went vegetarian, I began heavily supplementing.

After all, I had to get in all the nutrients that the doctors and so-called specialists said an 11-year-old vegetarian could never get from her diet.

I took a handful of supplements every single day, and one of them was for Omega 3.

I wouldn’t find out until much later how misguided all those well-intentioned doctors had been…

Fish oil (a known source of Omega 3s) has long been recommended as part of a heart-healthy diet. A spoonful a day keeps the heart attack away.

Or that’s what we’ve been taught…

Due to organizations like the AHA (American Heart Association) suggesting fish oil supplementation to patients at high risk for heart disease, the industry has grown in a big way. Our global community now consumes 100,000 tons of fish oil every single year.

I know, that’s a huge number! So we might want to know if there’s any solid science between the exploitation of millions of innocent creatures every year. (Hint: there’s not!)

A comprehensive analysis in the American Medical Association Journal looked at randomized trials of the health effects of omega-3s (you know, the stuff that doctors are always going on about and that fish oil has so much of). This analysis considered lifespan, heart problems and stroke in individuals advised to take fish oil or eat more oily fish. 

And…they found no benefits overall. Patients consuming omega-3s did not live longer, die less often of sudden causes, or suffer less heart attacks or strokes.

Patients who had had a heart attack already and wanted to prevent another? No benefits for them either.

At this point you’re probably wondering (as I was), then why do we even think omega-3s will support heart health? 

Some studies from the 1980s did seem promising. One trial of 2,000 men (the DART) found those who ate more fatty fish experienced a 29% drop in overall mortality. Too bad the follow-up trial (the DART-2) of 3,000 men found those eating more fish oil (especially in capsule form) were at higher risk of heart attack and death.

When we actually look at all the science together—particularly more recent studies—there’s really no evidence for omega-3s being a positive addition to a heart-healthy, disease-preventing diet.

There are better ways to protect your heart—and I want to share them with you! Check out Wild Nutrition: Your 30-Day Revolution to Plant-Based Vitality, and start thriving, the green way, today!

xx

Donna

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