Eating food with good fats like omega-3 is recommended for the health benefits, but the supplements might not hold the same amount of positive benefits as the food itself.
The nutritional supplements industry is as profitable as ever, and omega-3 is one of its biggest moneymakers. Reasons for taking supplements can range from not having the time to cook the food, to just plain not liking the food. Fish is the most common source of omega-3.
“I don’t have the luxury of eating the food, I don’t have the time,” Santa Ana College student Jhony Alonso said.
A study conducted by Cochrane Library shows consumption of fish delayed the reduction of brain function by 13 percent per year, while those who took omega-3 supplements did not see any significant results.
“We always recommend getting the nutrients from the food, unless a physician recommends otherwise,” Christina Duong Santa Ana College’s health educator said.
Besides the health benefits from consuming the food directly over taking omega three supplements, they can also harm the system with excessive use.
“I think the body is designed to digest food, and I don’t subscribe any of my athletes to take any supplements,” kinesiology professor Adam Nyssen said.
While there are benefits to taking supplements that have fatty acids like the ones found in omega-3 substitutes, health experts don’t recommend relying solely on supplements for daily requirement.
Walnuts, flaxseeds, and greens like spinach and kale are omega-3 rich for those who do not like or enjoy fish.