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From: temp (
Subject:         Re: Eat raw, keep your brain, grow your heart
Date: April 17, 2015 at 12:46 am PST

In Reply to: Re: Eat raw, keep your brain, grow your heart posted by The Sproutarian on April 16, 2015 at 2:55 pm:

Sproutarian wrote - "That is true in theory, but let me give you something important to think about. About half of all studies showing supplementation of fish oil apparently show no health benefits from the supposed EPA/DHA. Why? The researchers strongly suggest that the oxidisation (a break down into potentially harmful lipid peroxides) of the oils negates the health effect from these oils,not always, but often enough. "

Temp wrote -

Why is that important in regards to a mediterranean diet research though ?

Firstly fish oil supplements are not part of the mediterranean diet, nor does taking them replicate the benefit of eating a mediterranean diet rich in omega-3 oily fish.

The studies on the omega-3/oily fish aspect of the mediterranean diet make it VERY clear that the heart health benefits come from ONLY eating OILY FISH and that fish oil supplements DO NOT provide the same wealth of benefit, only partial.

You are trying to invalidate the proven heart health benefits of consuming oily fish as part of a healthy diet, by using the mixed studies on the benefits fish oil supplements(which is another post in itself) as invalidation. Which is a poor stretch of science by any means.

I agree with you that fish oil supplements have shown in studies to only offer partial heart health benefits compared to oily fish. The research agrees that not only is it cheaper, but you also get 10 times more nutrition for choosing oily fish over fish oil supplements, and lots more benefits in the cardiovascular disease prevention department.

As to your sardine post, yes the only fish i consume is sardines because they are low on the food chain/environmentally preferred and considered safe compared to other fish such as factory farmed salmon, which tends to accumulate toxic metals like mercury more.

1-2 cans a week of sardines is safe, and that will meet all your pre-formed omega-3 fatty acid needs(EPA/DHA), they are also a rare food source of vitamin D3, packed with a whopping amount of vitamin B12, bioavailable calcium/selenium, co-enzyme q10 and so on.

Not surprising when you look at the above nutritional composition, it becomes obvious that isolated fish oil wouldn't be capable of providing the same wealth of cardiovascular protection.

Oily fish is extremely rich source of vitamin B12 for example, a nutrient with a wealth of literature for its role in heart disease prevention, via its role in homo-cysteine metabolism.

These are also many of the nutrients which research has shown vegans are typically at risk of being deficient in.

They taste disgusting of course, but its either be healthy with good heart health or become a malnourished vegan like i was previously for years despite eating a varied strict plant based vegan diet.

Unless you are rich, its also a struggle to be able to afford all these different supplements like b12, microalgaes for DHA, vitashine vegan D3 and so on just to "maintain" yourself.

Id rather just eat healthy and cheap food.

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