Everyone wants a healthier heart, and for a while now, we’ve been told that fish oil pills are the way to get it. But there’s a problem with that. Actually, there are many problems with that. In this episode of What’s Good, Greatist’s founder Derek Flanzraich explains why fish oil pills aren’t all they’re cracked up to be and why you should probably stop taking them right now and just eat fish instead. (We know you secretly hate swallowing those pills anyway, so consider this good news.)
- Omega-3s are tied to important body functions.
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- This is how fish oil pills are made.
- The link between fish oil and heart health is overestimated.
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- Doctors recommend two servings of fish per week.
Derek Flanzraich is Greatist’s founder and CEO. What’s Good is his take on the news, trends, and issues worth talking about in health and wellness. Sign up and get his column (plus puppy GIFs and other funsies) delivered every Sunday.