Avoid prescription fish oil

Posted: November 18, 2010 in Nutrition

Pretty much everything in this country is run by the pharmaceutical industry. They have unlimited power and zillions of dollars to convince the general public of anything they want, and they don’t like it when over the counter (OTC) supplements steal their thunder with effective products that can’t be prescribed by a doctor.

Once fish oil started showing incredible results in literally hundreds of studies, the pharmaceutical industry decided they needed to discredit this information, as it was hurting sales of things like statins, blood pressure meds, diabetes meds like Metformin, and basically keeping people healthy and ruining the whole “Sick Care” system that these corporations have designed for maximum profits.

This didn’t work. The studies showing fish oil in a negative light were poorly designed, and outweighed by such overwhelming positive research that it was just embarrassing. So out of an act of desperation, pharmaceutical companies decided to jump on the bandwagon and release their own version of fish oil that can only be prescribed by doctors. They were able to differentiate their product by using an “ethyl ester” formula. Now it should be noted that Ethyl Esters greatly enhance the bioavailibilty of some drugs, but ironically it has the opposite effect with fish oil.

There’s three ways to prepare fish oil. Ethyl Ester, Free Fatty Acid, and Triglyceride. The effectiveness is in that exact order, from least to greatest. The pharmaceutical industry released a comically inferior product, and now doctors are trying to pawn this trash off on their clients.

For years now I’ve been telling clients about the inferiority of Ethyl Ester/pharmaceutical fish oil (previous research has demonstrated the same conclusion), so it’s refreshing to see new studies reiterate this fact. I’m too lazy to post the other studies right now, but I probably will add those on shortly. If your doc tries to prescribe you fish oil, see what he/she has to say about this.

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Eur J Clin Nutr. 2010 Nov 10. [Epub ahead of print]

Enhanced increase of omega-3 index in response to long-term n-3 fatty acid supplementation from triacylglycerides versus ethyl esters.

Background:There is a debate currently about whether different chemical forms of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are absorbed in an identical way. The objective of this study was to investigate the response of the omega-3 index, the percentage of EPA+DHA in red blood cell membranes, to supplementation with two different omega-3 fatty acid (n-3 FA) formulations in humans.Design:The study was conducted as a double-blinded placebo-controlled trial. A total of 150 volunteers was randomly assigned to one of the three groups: (1) fish oil concentrate with EPA+DHA (1.01 g+0.67 g) given as reesterified triacylglycerides (rTAG group); (2) corn oil (placebo group) or (3) fish oil concentrate with EPA+DHA (1.01 g+0.67 g) given as ethyl ester (EE group). Volunteers consumed four gelatine-coated soft capsules daily over a period of six months. The omega-3 index was determined at baseline (t(0)) after three months (t(3)) and at the end of the intervention period (t(6)).Results:The omega-3 index increased significantly in both groups treated with n-3 FAs from baseline to t(3) and t(6) (P<0.001). The omega-3 index increased to a greater extent in the rTAG group than in the EE group (t(3): 186 versus 161% (P<0.001); t(6): 197 versus 171% (P<0.01)).Conclusion:A six-month supplementation of identical doses of EPA+DHA led to a faster and higher increase in the omega-3 index when consumed as triacylglycerides than when consumed as ethyl esters.

European Journal of Clinical Nutrition advance online publication, 10 November 2010; doi:10.1038/ejcn.2010.239.

PMID: 21063431

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