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Is there evidence that omega-3 supplementation is health-promoting in otherwise healthy people eating nutritious and non-toxic diets?

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Created November 25, 2011 at 12:04 AM

Is there evidence that omega 3 is hearth-promoting in healthy people eating nutritious and non-toxic diets?

For instance, have apparently healthy hunter-gatherers ever been given omega 3 supplements?

Or, what's the healthiest population that's ever been studied and given omega 3 supplements?

Or, has an omega 3 supplementation study ever been done on a population that reliably consumes low amounts of PUFA (i.e. they regularly don't eat corn oil)?

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on November 25, 2011
at 02:54 AM

+1 The premise of a Mel Brooks movie about O3 and HGs is fantastic. You outdid yourself.

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on November 25, 2011
at 02:36 AM

Fixed title question.

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on November 25, 2011
at 02:28 AM

hearth-promoting? maybe "health"

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on November 25, 2011
at 12:46 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Countries_Study

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on November 25, 2011
at 12:44 AM

Agreed, though it sounds like a hell of a premise for a Mel Brooks movie.

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on November 25, 2011
at 12:31 AM

There will probably never be able studies giving HGs nutritional supplements. The history of experiments on marginalized populations is rather grim, so most of these people wouldn't be interested and it wouldn't get approved by an ethics board anyway.

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on November 25, 2011
at 12:11 AM

Well, consider that Greeks (I'm Greek) up until the 1980s, and especially the Cretans, had one of the best diets in the world at the time. They were eating lots of fish, olive oil, and they were getting a lot of D3 too. Very few people in Greece pre-1980 had heart problems, obesity, strokes etc. These older Cretans in particular, were long-living too (into their 90s). So even if a study was not made regarding omega-3 for hunter-gatherers, the next big thing would be to compare the Cretan diet of the 1960s (when there WAS a major study in their diet), and how they are feeling now (hint: not very good). Many of the Cretans who participated in that multi-country study in the '60s, are still alive today, while most of the other people from the other countries are already dead. I guess I can find the link if I can search for it again, but the article would be in Greek (although the study was not made by Greeks).

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on November 25, 2011
at 12:46 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Countries_Study

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on November 26, 2011
at 01:43 AM

I'm gonna hazard a guess at.....There is NO evidence that omega-3 supplementation is health-promoting in otherwise healthy people eating nutritious and non-toxic diets.

my answer is purely based on what i have read in the Paul Jaminet book (perfect health diet).
the book sites/references a number of studies (too many to list) on pufa's, O3's & O6's.

Here’s a line from the web site “...clinical trials have compared eating fish to eating fish oil capsules. Fish consumption has an excellent record in a number of clinical trials, but fish oil capsule supplements do not” http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=55

Their recommendation; minimize dietary O6 fats and eat one pound (454grams) of salmon a week to get all the O3 fats you need (based on 2200 cal/day diet i think) to achieve the optimal Tissues ratios in the body. http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=42

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on November 25, 2011
at 02:13 AM

i dont personally know any old people who eat salmon/sardines or make any attemp at getting omega 3...

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