Is Fish Oil just Snake Oil?

A new study following 112,000 participants shows that taking omega-3 supplements has little or no effect on cardio-vascular diseases, disproving claims that using them improves heart health. Moreover, in my view, the production of omega-3 supplements has a major impact on marine ecosystems because they are made mostly from millions of small fish like menhaden, anchovies and krill that are key in maintaining marine food webs. Take home message: consuming omega-3 capsules does not reduce heart disease, stroke or death but their production is aiding and abetting in the destruction of the environment

Author: Dr. Nirmal Shah

Nirmal is a well-known and a passionate personality in the Seychelles environmental and sustainability scene having an encyclopedic knowledge of Seychelles biodiversity as well as a wealth of experience in environment management. He has worked in senior positions in the parastatal, government, private and NGO sectors and consulted for international organizations such as the World Bank, IUCN, UNEP, Sida and UNESCO. He has appeared on CNN, BBC, Radio France, PBS, NBC, ABC, SABC and others

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