July 29, 2011
How fish oil makes you age faster
I’ve been writing a lot
about fish oil lately. As you may know, nearly everyone, even
mainstream doctors, has jumped on the marine omega-3 oils bandwagon.
But I began to question fish oils a couple of years ago. And I recently
made a very controversial stand against them in my newsletter. You can
read these articles on my website.
But here’s yet another reason why you shouldn’t take fish oils anymore. Fish oil might make you age faster!
In a recent study, the
authors admitted that the effects of long-chain omega-3 oils on aging
and lifespan are not well known. The authors fed male mice bred to get
old more quickly (SAMP8 mice) one of two diets. The first diet was 5%
fish oil and 5% safflower oil. The second diet was simply 10% safflower
oil. They started the diets at 12 weeks of age.
The results are worrisome
for those who might be taking fish oil. The mice that were fed the fish
oil had shorter life spans than the mice fed the safflower oil.
The authors found that the
mice fed fish oil for 28 weeks showed strong oxidative stress when
compared to the mice eating safflower oil. This caused hyperoxidation
of membrane phospholipids. But that’s not all. It also diminished their
antioxidant defense system. This is probably due to a decrease in
This is exactly what I’ve
been saying about fish oil versus parent essential oils. Again, don’t
take my word for it. Take the word of the researchers here in their
conclusion: “These findings suggest that intake of fish oil increases
oxidative stress, decreases cellular function, and causes organ
dysfunction in SAMP8 mice, thereby promoting aging and shortening the
lifespan of the mice.”
I strongly recommend you
stop taking marine oil if you’re still taking it. Switch to Yes EFA,
which are parent essential oils and NOT subject to this type of damage
to your cells. Yes EFA
is available. I am proud that I’m the
first in the newsletter field to bring you these rising concerns about
Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Robert J. Rowen, MD
Ref: Nutrition, Volume 27, Issue 3, March 2011, Pages 334-337