The market for fish oil supplements is worth $1.2 billion annually, and you know what? It’s full of shit.
I mean that literally and figuratively. The side effects of taking dietary fish oil include anything from nosebleeds to diarrhea. But you’ve been told for years that the precious omega-3 fatty acids in these supplements can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Many labels will also tell you that taking fish pills boost your brain function and prevent cognitive decline. The only problem is that an increasing number of clinical studies say that these claims just aren’t true.
Source: Stop Taking Fish Oil Pills
I’d originally preferred natural sources to supplements. In the last year, research have reinforced this is a wise idea. Some supplements are known to cause [prostate] cancer, but muscle building supplements have not been linked conclusively to cancer. Some supplements contain an amphetamine-like substance, while others have asparagus and lies. Business – the reality of making a profit – is largely to blame. It’s not like natural sources aren’t at risk either – farmed salmon are dyed pink.