For most of us, childhood is a bright time with ice cream, holiday, games. But many children left in their memory an unpleasant memory – the use of fish oil. With this product of unpleasant taste and smell, adults fed us with spoons. For children, the ingestion of fish oil was a real catastrophe.
Meanwhile, it was believed that the product increases immunity and helps physical development. It is no coincidence that in those days there were no such outbreaks of colds as now. Children on fish oil grew up hardy and healthy, is this really so miraculous? Is it worth it to use modern kids? Fortunately, pharmacy on the spot is not worth it.
Today, pure fish oil is not consumed. Capsules can be easily swallowed, washed down with water and avoiding those very classic unpleasant sensations. But many, mindful of their negative experience, decide not to feed the children with fish oil. And around this product there are many myths, making its reputation ambiguous.
Fish oil is useful only to everyone.
This is not quite true. There are people who have an individual intolerance to fish oil or an allergy to this product. Then it will be clearly contraindicated. In fish oil contains exactly the same allergen as in fish, from which this product, in fact, is extracted. As a result, someone from just one capsule of fish oil can experience such abnormalities in the body as nausea, vomiting, urticaria and even anaphylactic shock.
Fish oil does not affect the pressure.
In fact, cod liver oil helps hypertensive patients. This product can normalize blood pressure, making it normal. But people with reduced pressure, the use of fish oil is even contraindicated.
Fish oil for children is safe.
As strange as it may seem, this statement is not so clear. In the extracts of fish is a heavy metal. Exceeding the dosage of the drug may cause the poisoning of the child.
Fish oil should be consumed by pregnant and lactating women.
Again, it is worth talking about the falsity of such a statement. In fish oil, a lot of Omega-3 acids, which favorably affect both the future mother and her fetus in the womb. However, there are also unsafe salts of heavy metals in the preparation. So the application of fish oil to nursing and pregnant women should be discussed with the doctor. It will help to prescribe the correct dosage.
Fish oil can be taken with other medicines.
This statement is only partly true. It is known that fish oil can provoke poor assimilation of medicines. The result is poisoning and other unpleasant consequences. When taking any medicine, the appearance of new supplements should be discussed with the doctor. Experts note that low doses of fish oil will not harm, however, it is not specified exactly what volumes are being discussed.
The exact effect of fish oil is unknown.
A huge number of studies of the effect of unsaturated fats of Omega-3, contained in fish oil. This active ingredient reduces the level of inflammation, blood coagulability, helps fight arrhythmia and heart disease. Fish oil fights with sudden cardiac arrest, reduces pain in rheumatoid arthritis, helps with asthma, weight loss, depression, increases cognitive ability and struggles with Alzheimer’s. However, there are other data. The first studies of the action of fish oil were carried out at a time when the cardiovascular diseases themselves were treated differently. Even a slight effect could be seen against the background of ineffective drugs. It was important to study the Danes as early as the 1970s. It turned out that the indigenous inhabitants of Greenland very rarely suffer from heart and vascular diseases. Later it turned out that the number of diseases was significantly understated, and the work itself is full of assumptions. In the 1990s, many studies appeared that proved the uselessness of fish oil. But categorically refusing it as a medicine is not worth it.
It is better to eat fish, not her fat.
Fish derived from omega-3 fats are as healthy as fish. Dozens of clinical studies of preparations based on fish oil showed their effectiveness. Such drugs treat heart diseases, reduce mortality, depression, reduce pain and unpleasant symptoms of arthritis. But given the previous myth, doctors recommend, if possible, to eat all the same fish, not just her fat.
It is better to consume seafood, not fish oil.
If we talk about catfish, shellfish and crustaceans: prawns, lobsters, then in such products is extremely low fat content of Omega-3. But in salmon, mackerel, sardine and herring are much more. According to the latest data, the effect is not even on fish meat, but on their fat. Seafood is also useful, but it’s not worth ignoring them, but hoping to get Omega-3 fats from them does not make sense.
It is enough to eat fish twice a day to get a fat intake.
Specialists of the American National Institute of Health believe that an average adult a day is enough 3,500 mg of Omega-3. It’s about 150-200 grams of salmon every day. But this portion can be completely replaced with a drug with fish oil. It will be needed less if you reduce the consumption of corn and soybean oil, margarine, meat and other products with Omega-6 fats. They are antagonists with fish oil.
In fish oil, there is a lot of mercury.
The mercury content of fish and its fat is compensated for by a high level of selenium. This element does not allow to accumulate harmful metal in the tissues of both fish and humans. Nevertheless, pregnant women are better to reduce risks by refusing to eat fish such as shark, swordfish, mackerel, mackerel and tuna.
Fish oil helps with diabetes.
Scientific research on this topic is very controversial. Some scientists argue that fish oil increases blood sugar levels in those who try to keep the numbers within normal limits. Others, on the contrary, testify to the return to norms of excess sugar levels. On sites advertising biologically active supplements, you can often see recommendations for taking such medicines for diabetics along with fish oil, which can be complex unsafe. People with diabetes still need to consult beforehand about taking fish oil with their doctor.
Fish and fish oil are one and the same.
Fish oil is an extract from the liver of fish from the cod family. But recently scientists are alarmed by the deterioration of the ecology in the sea. And after all the liver and is engaged in a filtration in an organism of a blood, leaving in itself harmful elements. It is no accident that because of the dirty sea in the USSR in the 70-80s, fish oil for children was banned. And today in England for children under 5 years of age there is a similar ban. There were supporters of another fish product, fish oil. It is found in muscle tissue. So these are two different products that are easy to confuse for the average person. We must carefully look at what is written on the package. Fat from muscle tissue is also called ichthyolin oil or fish oil. The complex itself, regardless of fat, can be sold as an oil or a modern capsule. And in that, and in that case the preparation is rich in Omega-3 acids, but cod liver oil is an additional source of vitamins A, E and D. f