By Emily Senger - Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 0 Comments
Those fish oil pills you’ve been popping every morning may actually do more harm…
Those fish oil pills you’ve been popping every morning may actually do more harm than good, and frequent Aspirin use might up your risk of one of the leading causes of blindness, according to a pair of new studies.
Fish oil pills questioned
These pills are often seen as a way to increase heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, but this might not be the case, according to a recent study from UBC. In a study conducted on mice, UBC assistant professor of biology Sanjoy Ghosh found that mice which were already eating a diet including vegetable oil actually has less ability to repair cells in their gastrointestinal system when they were fed fish-oil supplements as well.
“Our hypothesis is that levels of omega 6 [fats found in vegetable-based oils] are so high in our bodies that any more unsaturated fatty acid — even omega 3, despite its health benefits — will actually contribute to the negative effects omega 6 PUFA have on the heart and gut,” Ghosh told The Vancouver Sun. “When there is too much [polyunsaturated fatty acid], the body doesn’t know what to do with it.”