Should you take fish oil?
While 10% of all Americans still take fish oil, recent medical studies suggest no clear benefit. Even though fish oil thins the blood, reduces inflammation, and lowers triglycerides, in clinical studies fish oil has not been shown to prevent heart disease.
On the other hand, eating fish has been shown to decrease the risk of heart attacks and dementia. Omega 3's can also be found in walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, and some vegetables and legumes.
As omega 3s are critical for optimal health and can only be obtained from food sources, here is how Dr. Day advises his patients:
1.Skip the fish oil.
2.Eat wild oily fish twice weekly.
3.Eat plant-based omega 3's on your non-fish days.