Conflicting studies only agree on positive benefits of fish oil

The medical world is full of conflicting studies and it may seem as though it is impossible to stay ahead of the curve.

Several of these studies came out recently as an affront to omega-3s like fish oil supplements. People tend to read the headlines and skip the meat of the article, which can lead to confusion about the drugs and vitamins that are mentioned.

A recent study that was conducted by the National Cancer Institute noted that the risk of prostate cancer did not decrease when fish oil was taken. The article did not mention clearly that the men, aside from a select few, received their omega-3s through actual fish, not supplements, nutritionist Molly Kimball told Nola.com.

Kimball also pointed to the study's researchers, who claim that the heart health benefits of taking fish oil supplements far outweigh any possible increase of risk for prostate cancer. This was just one of many studies that have been released recently, the nutritionist said, quoted by the news source.

A week earlier, Healthnews.com examined a similar study and concluded that public health organizations recommend eating fish twice a week. They added that supplements are an alternative way to get the essential nutrients that contain omega-3.

Taking fish oil supplements has been linked to improving heart health and general wellness.