Published: Monday, 27 May 2013
Research from The University of Queensland has reconfirmed oily
fish or fish supplements are vital for heart health and debunked
popular myths about coconut oil.
Associate Professor David Colquhoun, a cardiologist from UQ
School of Medicine and Wesley and Greenslopes Private Hospitals,
said the value of fish oil and its health benefits have been
"My research review confirms oily fish or fish supplements are
important for heart health and should be a regular part of our
weekly diet," Associate Professor Colquhoun said.
According to the Heart Foundation, healthy adults should consume
about 500 milligrams of omega-3 oil from marine sources per day to
lower their risk of coronary heart disease.
This can be achieved by eating two to three serves of oily fish
a week or by taking fish oil supplements.
Associate Professor Colquhoun also debunked popular myths about
krill oil and coconut oil.
"Krill oil is a good source of omega-3s however it is no better
for you than fish oil and is usually more expensive," he said.
"Don't take too much notice of krill oil labeled 'organic',
'sustainable' or 'eco-friendly' - the current harvesting of krill
is less than 1 per cent of what is in the ocean, so it is all wild
"There have also been bizarre claims that coconut oil lowers
cholesterol, cures Alzheimer's disease and even prevents heart
disease, however the research does not support this.
"In fact, coconut oil is full of unhealthy saturated fat which
raises bad cholesterol levels, clogs the arteries and increases the
risk of heart disease.
"With over 90 per cent saturated fat I would definitely be
keeping coconut oil off the menu."
Associate Professor Colquhoun presented his findings at the
Heart Foundation Conference (16-18 May) in Adelaide.
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