Omega 3 on its own doesn’t help heart health. But this does.
“Taking fish oil on its own as a magic-bullet single supplement for heart health just doesn’t work.”
This conclusion has now been supported in July 2018 by the Cochrane Committee, who reviewed data from trials on 112,000 people and found no reduction in the risk of heart attacks or stroke from supplementing with Omega3.
Back to Dr Clayton in 2015:
“When you go back to the start of the story – the Inuit diet, where heart disease is almost non-existent – you can see right away that they ate a diet containing many more actives than are found in any fish oil capsule.
“One of those bio-actives is a rare polyphenol that is soluble in oil and fat, and which is produced by the same cold-water algae that produce the omega 3s that are consumed by krill, fish, marine mammals and eventually the Inuit.
“This marine polyphenol is a treasure, as it is not only the best antioxidant for fish oils yet discovered (Wang ’09), it is also a powerful anti -inflammatory compound in its own right (Dutot et al ’12, Yang et al ’14). That marine (seaweed derived) polyphenol is Ascophyllum Nodosum.
“The lesson is clear. The pharmaceutical mindset of 20th century medics and industrialists has led us all, once again, down a long blind alley costing too much money and too many lives. Diet is complex, and any attempts to reduce it to a single nutrient are inevitably doomed to failure
“To gain the original Inuit’s relative freedom from degenerative disease, fish oil alone is not enough. But if you combine it with marine polyphenols like Ascophyllum Nodosum and/or virgin olive oil containing oil-soluble polyphenols (thus combining the best of the Inuit and the Mediterranean diets), chronic inflammation is effectively stopped in its tracks.
“I have personally seen this in over 400 cases.”
See Dr Clayton’s newsletter article from Autumn 2015 here.
Challenged to design a supplement that really would work – defined as cutting the risk of age-related illness – Dr Paul Clayton created the specifications for a comprehensive supplement called NutriShield.
Since 2015, NutriShield has combined Omega 3 with marine polyphenols. But Dr Clayton also always knew that reducing heart attack risk based on sound scientific evidence requires even more.
It needs a largely plant-based diet and a supplement that contains plant micro-nutrients that have been scientifically linked to heart health. Follow the links below to articles on this website on:
Should you continue to take an Omega 3 supplement?
YES – because Omega 3 even without marine polyphenols is proven to help brain, eye and joint health. See a full article here. It sets out even more detail on the following research:
A 2009 National Eye Institute study using data obtained from the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) found participants who reported the highest level of omega-3 fatty acids in their diet were 30 percent less likely than others to develop macular degeneration during a 12-year period.
And recent research conducted at the University of Bristol and funded by Arthritis Research UK has found that Omega-3-rich diets may reduce arthritis symptoms “by 50 per cent compared to a standard diet”.
Finally, Omega 3 does help reduce inflammation in combination with marine polyphenols and several other plant micronutrients. And if you reduce inflammation you reduce a key risk factor for heart disease.
The supplement NutriShield contains not just Omega 3, with added marine polyphenols from the seaweed ascophyllum nodosum, but optimum levels of vitamins and minerals and a wide range of other plant micro-nutrients.
NutriShield Essentials for under 50s comes in both fish oil and vegan versions; NutriShield Premium for over 50s is only available containing fish oil.
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Fish consumption, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and risk of cognitive decline or Alzheimer disease: a complex association. Fotuhi M, Mohassel P, Yaffe K. Nat Clin Pract Neurol. 2009 Mar;5(3):140-52.
Short-term supplementation of acute long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids may alter depression status and decrease symptomology among young adults with depression: A preliminary randomized and placebo controlled trial; Annie T.Ginty, Sarah M.Conklin ; Psychiatry Research
Circulating omega-3 Fatty acids and neovascular age-related macular degeneration. Merle BM, et al: Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014 Mar 28;55(3):2010-9. doi: 10.1167/iovs.14-13916.