A new study suggests you could save money by switching to fish oil, according to a review of scientific studies.
The review was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine and found that fish oil has a wide range of health benefits, from reducing blood pressure to lowering the risk of heart disease.
However, some researchers have warned that this type of evidence is not as conclusive as it could be, because fish oil is not the only oil used in cosmetics.
It is also not always associated with higher levels of good for the heart, or even reduced cancer risk.
The new review, which analysed more than 100 studies, also found that a diet high in fish can lower blood pressure, although it is not a good predictor of blood pressure and may not help prevent heart disease or stroke.
Dr Peter Aiken, of the University of Exeter’s Department of Preventive Medicine, said that the findings were a major step towards understanding the links between fish and health.
“We know from animal models that fish intake increases vascular health and can even improve endothelial function, which is important for cardiovascular health,” Dr Aiken said.
“But we have not yet identified any clear links between cardiovascular health and fish consumption, so we are now looking at what this fish oil might do in the real world.”
We have not found any evidence that fish oils reduce the risk for heart disease, stroke or cancer, and there is some evidence that they may help prevent some of these things.
However Dr Aikens review also found some conflicting evidence about whether the use of fish oil for weight loss or in treating conditions such as depression, anxiety or diabetes. “
Fish oil is the gold standard of fish oils, so there is no question it will be useful in our health advice and research,” she said.
However Dr Aikens review also found some conflicting evidence about whether the use of fish oil for weight loss or in treating conditions such as depression, anxiety or diabetes.
“There is a lot of confusion about the evidence on the benefits of fish as a weight loss supplement, because there is so little evidence,” she added.
Aiken added that there was a growing recognition that the health benefits of diet can be more broadly linked to nutrition, not just physical activity. “
People who are overweight or obese have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease than those who are normal weight.”
Aiken added that there was a growing recognition that the health benefits of diet can be more broadly linked to nutrition, not just physical activity.
“A good diet is good for us, and it is good to get enough vitamin D and minerals,” he said.
The research was supported by the Wellcome Trust.