Do Omega-3 Fatty Acids Really Bolster Aging Brains?

“Eat your fish – it’s brain food,” our mothers told us, and we repeat that mantra to our own children. For years we’ve heard that fish, especially fatty fish such as salmon, is good for our brain health. And many scientists identified omega-3 fatty acids as the substance in the fish that would help our math skills, keep us alert and preserve our brain health. That made sense because omega-3 fatty acids – which are also found in high levels in …

Fish Oils May Raise Men’s Risk of Prostate Cancer

Omega-3 fish oils, found in supplements as well as fatty fish like salmon and sardines, have been touted for their health benefits, including protecting against heart disease. But a new study seems to turn that advice on its head for men: Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle have found that men with high blood levels of fish oils have an increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer. Men with the highest levels had a 71 percent increased risk …

Do Vegetarians Really Live Longer?

Does following a vegetarian diet really help you live longer? Or, as the comedians might say, does it just feel longer? Seriously, a large, new study found that avoiding beef, pork and chicken may give you a slight edge: vegetarians had 12 percent fewer deaths overall than nonvegetarians, and 19 percent fewer deaths from heart disease, during a nearly six-year period. Adding fish and seafood to a vegetarian diet helped even more. Those who were pesco-vegetarians had 19 percent fewer …

Key to a Longer Life? Fatty Fish Twice Weekly

Older adults who regularly eat fish high in omega-3 fatty acids – primarily oily varieties like salmon, mackerel, albacore tuna and trout – may add years to their lives, as compared with those age 65-plus who don’t, new research finds. The fatty-fish eaters may also be able to reduce their chances of dying from heart disease by more than a third. The study of 2,700 adults age 65 or older found that those who had the highest blood levels of …

Think That’s Real Tuna You’re Buying? Think Again

That rosy slab of fresh tuna you bought for dinner? There’s a good chance it’s not really tuna. And the tuna sushi you ordered the other night? It’s almost certainly not tuna. The nonprofit ocean-protection group Oceana conducted one of the largest seafood-fraud investigations in the world from 2010 to 2012. It did DNA testing on 1,215 samples of fish from 674 retail outlets in 21 states and found there really is something fishy about our fish: One in three …

Do Fish Oil Pills Protect Your Heart? Big Study Says No

For the millions who hoped that popping one of those amber omega-3 fish oil pills every day might protect against heart disease, a major study has disappointing news. The analysis of nearly 70,000 heart patients in 20 studies dating back to 1989 finds that omega-3 doesn’t lower users’ risks of heart attack, stroke or death from heart disease. The study is the latest in a long-running controversy over whether omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish like salmon, mackerel, trout …