Need to Know: Omega 3
If you’ve been leaving Omega 3 out of your daily supplements following recent news reports claiming links to prostate cancer it’s time for you to re-think.
KX Expert Nutritionist and Co-Author of The Health Delusion Glen Matten took on the new research which showed that high concentrations of omega-3 – the fats found in oily fish and fish-oil supplements – are associated with increased prostate cancer risk.
While he concedes it is an interesting finding, he also highlights that Japanese people, one of the highest consumers of oily fish in the world, have amongst the lowest levels of prostate cancer. This suggests the relationship is far from clear cut.
Glen challenges us to ask “what’s the bigger picture? Should we be shunning fish and fish oils? “
In short, the answer is NO.
He feels it would be folly to let the findings detract from the proven benefits of oily fish and its rich concentration of omega-3 fats EPA and DHA (not to mention other key nutrients such as vitamin D, selenium and iodine – often badly lacking in UK diets).
The bulk of research shows that oily fish and fish oils have a significant benefit for cardiovascular health, the brain, and for reducing inflammation. In fact, a rigorous meta-analysis of 21 studies, also just published, shows that consumption of omega 3 fats produces a significant reduction in the rate of breast cancer occurrence, which you can read more about here
KX Fitness Manager Gideon Remfry supports Glen’s statements, adding that Omega-3 supplements recently received major recognition for its benefits by having three health claims approved by EU law and supported by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
When it comes to Omega 3, ignore the inflammatory headlines and stick with the ample research and regulation that says they are a great addition to your diet.
Lucky for you KX has made getting your daily dose of goodness even easier with it’s KX365.
Glen Matten is the Co-author of the Medical Journalists’ Association consumer health book of the year The Health Delusion . Glen is a trained Nutritional Therapist at the Institute for Optimal Nutrition (ION). He is a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and registered with the Nutritional Therapy Council (NTC).