Study under review: Fish oil supplements in New Zealand are highly oxidised and do not meet label content of n-3 PUFA
There is a massive amount of research surrounding the potential therapeutic benefits of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs). The main active n-3 PUFA compounds are docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). The fish oil entry on Examine.com is a substantial compendium on the subject, with over 700 references.
Oily fish typically have a high concentration of n-3 PUFAs, but many people also consume a fish oil supplement to increase their n-3 PUFA intake. Typical reasons for supplementing with fish oil include increasing cognition, decreasing risk for cardiovascular disease, and decreasing levels of inflammation. Despite the impressive amount of research done on fish oil, conflicting results are still a concern to both consumers and the medical community. This study may provide a piece of the puzzle as to why this may be happening.
A New Zealand research group performed a diagnostic survey of commercially available fish oil products that were all domestically acquired. The goal was to put the label accuracy of commercial fish oil supplements to the test. Do these commercial fish oil capsules have the listed amount of n-3 PUFAs? What is the level of oxidized PUFAs within each sample?
Other Articles in Issue #05 (March 2015)
Can you go too nutty over pistachios?
These researchers expected nutrient-packed pistachios to boost endurance, but found surprising results.
An under-discussed weakness of biomedical research is the lack of focus on women.
D-Serine: The anti-ketamine?
An amino acid called D-serine affects the NMDA receptor, and may help improve mood in healthy people.
A regimented nutrition strategy for marathoners
Some marathon runners go by “feel” when it comes to fluid and carb intake, which may worsen performance.
Beating high blood pressure with beets
Previously demonized in the form of nitrate food preservatives, nitrates are now being researched for heart disease protection.
Fighting back against food allergies with fish oil
Fish oil may help combat food allergies, as tested in this animal study looking at peanut and whey allergy.
Metabolic chamber of secrets: effects of protein on metabolism when overeating
This tightly-controlled metabolic chamber study explored how protein affects energy expenditure during overfeeding.
One meal, two meal, three meal, more?
While there’s been a lot of research on meal frequency and dieting, no one has summarized all the data until now.
- Interview: Dr. Shawn J. Green, PhD
Interview: Adel Moussa
This soon-to-be NERD reviewer is interviewed about all things nutrition research.