Or “The Case Of The Mistaken Omega”
Researchers in the UK recently conducted a meta-analysis of 79 studies on fish oil supplementation including over 112,000 people. They concluded that omega 3’s have “little to no benefit” for heart health. (1)
This is not the first study to call into question the science behind Omega-3’s and heart heath. Another one, published several years ago in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology was entitled: “Fishing” for the origins of the “Eskimos and heart disease” story: facts or wishful thinking?” (2)
As a clinician with first-hand experience studying the effectiveness of omega fatty acids, I agree.
My clinical research corroborates these findings with one important difference:
We believe we’ve discovered the ingredient in fish oil that everyone’s been looking for all along.
Please continue reading for more about that below.
Fish Oil For Heart Health
Since the 1970’s scientists, nutritionists, and the medical community have been recommending fish oil for heart health, particularly Omega-3 (EPA/DHA).
What we’ve recently discovered is that Omega 3’s are great for the eyes and brain, and another, lesser-known omega… Omega-7, which is derived from the same oily fish, offers extraordinary heart health benefits.
Let me explain how we got here. I’ll start at the beginning.
The Inuit Paradox
It all started in the 1970’s when beloved Danish physicians Jorn Dyerberg and Hans Olaf Bang, discovered that the Greenland Eskimos had a low prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD).
And so Drs. Dyberberg and Bang set out on a couple of dogsleds to an area of Greenland north of the Arctic Circle to study the blood and the diet of this population.
The Inuit Tribe, or the Greenland Eskimos, ate seal and whale blubber, and other oily fish, and little vegetables or fruit, but had very low incidence of heart disease—5.3%. Their Danish counterparts consumed a Western diet, and their incidence of heart disease was higher—40%.
This is what’s called the Inuit Paradox. Because it flies against conventional thinking on nutrition. How can people who eat a diet consisting mainly of animal fats, and rarely any vegetables, be healthier than their Danish neighbors, who by western standards, eat a normal diet? (3)
Drs. Dyerberg and Bang set out to evaluate the blood and the diet of the Intuit tribe. They surmised there must be something in Omega-3‘s (4) to help prevent cardiovascular disease in Western countries.
After evaluating the diets of 7 people in 7 days, they noticed a marked difference in blood fats and bad cholesterol. And they posited that there must be a special metabolic effect of the long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids from marine mammals, one of which was C20:5 or Omega-3 (EPA). This was the beginning of a proliferation of studies that focused on the heart health benefits of the Intuit diet, as well as a quest for a purer and purer Omega-3.
And the multi-billion fish oil industry was born.