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Stiftung Warentest claims "Omega-3 supplements are unnecessary."

Updated: Jul 8, 2020

But is that really true?

Many other media, among them the German newspaper Bild, but also the German medical journal took over the core statement without possible corrections or further remarks.

From our point of view, the widespread overview result is misleading and at least needful of additions.

What we noticed:

  • Much too low recommended daily dose for sufficient effect of the supplements: No reference to studies on dose effects

  • No indication of the different absorption, conversion rate and effect of alpha-linolenic acid or EPA or DHA when taking nuts or oils

  • Recommendation of omega-3 intake through fish consumption such as salmon or mackerel, several times a week without any reference to the possibility of fish being exposed to toxins and heavy metals

  • No evidence for other successfully investigated indications such as silent inflammation, depression, rheumatoid arthritis

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