Omega 3 Fears Unfounded
Always thought Omega 3 was supposed to be great for you, but worried by recent news of a link with prostate cancer?
Well worry not! As it turns out, the recent study in question has been discredited by some very credible independent authorities.
Experts Condemn Study Trying to Link Omega-3 &
The offending study’s authors were quick to blame supplements for raised rates of prostate cancer amongst some groups, despite no evidence that any participants were even actually taking supplements.
Perhaps it’s no surprise that a broad swathe of academic and industry experts have blasted the recent research, condemning the authors’ conclusions as overblown, and worse, responsible for widespread scaremongering.
Executive Director of Natural Products New Zealand, Alison Quesnel, has also condemned the new research, dubbing it ‘irresponsible’ science. According to Quesnel the study deliberately ignores the full body of scientific evidence collated over the last few decades, opting instead for cheap shock-and-awe tactics.
And it’s not just industry members calling foul. So too has Dr. Anthony D’Amico, professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard University. D’Amico points out that in studies like this it’s quite possible to find a link between almost anything and prostate cancer, even innocuous details such as the type of car someone drives. Finding a link between factors does not prove that one causes the other.
Observational Study Means No Causal Relationship
So what’s all the fuss about?
As many detractors have noted, as the research was an observational study, and not an experiment with controlled independent and dependent variables, it’s actually not possible to determine any cause and effect relationships anyway. It can indicate an association or relationship, but offers no insight into what the causal factors behind this are.
Additionally, it’s also been pointed out that if Omega 3 caused cancer then prostate cancer rates should be elevated in countries with high levels of seafood consumption, such as Japan and the Scandinavian states, which is clearly not the case.
Benefits of Omega 3
Perhaps the biggest risk of this foundless scaremongering over supplements is that people may needlessly miss out on the significant benefits health and nutrient rich supplements can bring.
Omega 3 is an essential nutrient which improves not only joint health and inflammatory conditions, but also brain function and development, mental health (including lessening the risk of depression) and even heart health.
As Alison Quesnel says:
“Omega-3 is an essential nutrient which provides many health benefits and people, particularly men, should not stop eating fish or taking Omega-3 supplements based on this study.”