Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Fish Oil/Snake Oil

Is fish oil therapeutic or is it snake oil? And how about green tea? Honey? Resveratrol?

Take a look at this amazing interactive bubble graph found on Information is Beautiful, which links readers to specific studies proving or disproving the efficacy of one hundred supplements for differing medical conditions. Information is Beautiful describes the graph as an "interactive “balloon race” visualization of the scientific evidence for over 100 nutritional supplements."

They are not exaggerating - it's AMAZING. The image pictured above is not interactive but if you go to the Information is Beautiful site here, you can find the interactive image. Click on each balloon, and it sends you directly to the studies on which their rankings are based.

Fish oil has six bubbles ranking from no evidence to strong evidence for various health issues. Which ones? Visit the site and find out.

2 comments:

annie said...

This is amazing information, Julia.I'm glad to see dark chocolate up there, it's my excuse to have a small piece of it every day.

Kushal Pandit said...

Thanx for ur post and giving us a hugefull information, i also read somewhere The omega-3 fatty acids found in Fish Oil possesses many health benefits.and recomended by many Health Autorities as a part of Balanced Diet. Fish Oil contains Omega-3 Fatty Acids, specifically Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA). One of the Health Benefits linked to Fish Oil is a low risk of Heart Attack. very healpfull for Blood Circulations. is this true..????

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