Have you heard? A recent study has linked omega-3 fatty acids to prostate tumors.

For a minute there, we were flipping gears into reverse and just about to denounce our once beloved omega-3s. (It is amazing how quick we turn on our “friends.”)

In fact, the very same study that had us questioning our faith in fish oils actually said that diets high in trans-fat could protect against prostate cancer.  Well, now they’ve gone too far!

Because the results were truly confusing, I thought I’d do some snooping to see if I could get to the bottom of this…before running out to endorse trans fatty acids.

The study was called the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial and the results smelled…fishy.

Turns out this report was originally set to test 19,000 guys age 55 years and up. Yet, the data recorded was taken from a slightly smaller group – only 3,000 of these fellows.

Why were so few tested when so many were initially corralled? The plot thickens…

According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D., the 3,000 men tested were not taking liquid fish oil supplements. So, we are lead to believe their omega-3 intake had to be from eating fish.

Could their fish have been farm-raised? If that’s the case, then it’s no wonder they had problems.

High levels of toxins, loaded with chlorine-pesticides and ether, have been found in the feed of farm-raised fish, which then settles in the fish fat. Farm-raised salmon that are tested have 16 times the amount toxins found in wild salmon. This fact is based on a report published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

The Science Journal recommends eating farm-raised salmon only once a month in an 8 ounce portion because of the high toxicity.

Now, I don’t know about you but, I’m NOT thinking of eating an 8 ounce portion of this fish once a month…

Why? Because these toxins, known as PCBs, are linked to – you guessed it – cancer.

So, of course, all this skewed data and shifty testing shenanigans of the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial begs the question: should we abandon omega-3 fatty acids in light of this new information?

Not so fast.

Taking liquid fish oil supplements is really the safest way to take full advantage of the benefits of omega-3s. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids (EFA). That means we need them for optimal health – always have, always will.

  • They are important for brain health and functionality.
  • They lower the risk of heart disease by zapping triglycerides and raising the good cholesterol (HDL).
  • They have been shown to protect us against a protein associated with Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • They can act as an anticoagulant protecting against dangerous blood clots.

Because these fish oil supplements are distilled at the cellular level, they are free of PCBs, mercury and other harmful contaminants.

If you still don’t trust fish oils, get your omega-3s from flax seeds or walnuts. These sources aren’t as beneficial as the fish oil because the omega-3s tend to act differently in our bodies, mostly burning away before being properly metabolized. But, it’s better than nothing.

Now, if you want to get your omega-3s the old fashioned way and you live in a place where you must eat farm-raised fish, just be careful. Make sure that nowhere on the label does it say “Product of China.” If it does, drop it like a steaming tater and run.

Chinese farm-raised fish have even higher levels of toxins than ours. Their quality standards are much lower and the water where the fish live  is foul with carcinogens like malachite green from silk and leather dye. Why would this stuff be in the water? Because it’s effective in killing a certain mold that infects fish eggs. The downside is it’s really bad for humans, too!

Scientists have even discovered banned antibiotics in the farmed fish from Asia, so stay away if you know what’s good for you.

Thank goodness there are options for you to get this powerful EFA through liquid supplements or from eating safely produced wild fish like tuna, salmon, trout, sardines and herring – all rich in this life enhancing EFA.

Plus, there’s a new source emerging in the market by…

Organic hemp oil! Use it like you would any other oil – for salad dressings, to cook with, drizzle  over Italian bread, etc. It’s said to have a fresh nutty flavor and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. If you’re worried about mercury or other toxins in fish, then this might just be the solution you’re looking for.

So, don’t blow off omega-3s just yet. Trouble is our bodies don’t produce this essential fatty acid, so we have to get it in our diets. One inconclusive study on prostate cancer prevention is no reason to run for the hills and make what could be a vital mistake in the preservation and enrichment of your life.

P.S. There are all sorts of crummy supplements on the market you don’t need. Some of the stuff is flat out junk. Some of the stuff  is good, but the actual product and brand is lousy.

And then, there are some products that are just flat out awesome for you.

Bottom line: The health benefits associated with a quality Krill Oil supplement from Prograde, are just too powerful to ignore. I don’t know if I can be any more blunt about it. Choosing the right omega-3 source is another matter.  Click here to find out what your doctor never told you about fish oil supplements and more findings about the right omega-3 source.

Did you feel safe eating fish or prefer to take omega-3 supplements? There are many benefits of taking omega-3s, what is yours? Share with other readers below what condition, treatment or disease you use natural omega-3 oils for.