Supplement Industry........those two words simultaneously get me 3-cups-of-coffee excited as well as make me throw up in my mouth....twice.
Supplements have the power to literally turn someones life and health around for the better.
Conversely, they also have the power to drain your bank account and leave you with nothing more to show for it then really expensive piss.
This is why I'm extremely picky about not only the companies I get my supplements from but also which ones I take.
I like to make up statistics so I'll just go ahead and surmise that 99% of available supplements are worthless for most people.
However, there is one that I can comfortably stand behind and it's fish oil.
The fantastic website Examine.com is one of mine and your best friends in helping us decipher whether a supplement actually has been proven to do what "they" say it does.
Examine basically takesa all the research on a supplement and tells you: what it's supposed to do, the amount of evidence for that claim, the degree to which it helps and finally, whether or not the research is consistent.
This is what they call their Human Effect Matrix.
Examine's fish oil Human Effect Matrix happens to be worth it's weight in gold and this is what it tells us:
There is a very high level of evidence that fish oil improves triglycerides, has a strong effect on lowering them and there is a metric buttload of consistency in the research.
There is a very high level of evidence that fish oil improves depression, has a notable effect on lowering it and also has a metric buttload of consistency in the research.
There is a very high level of evidence that fish oil improves ADHD in children and blood pressure in people with elevated numbers, has a minor effect on them and once again has a metric buttload of consistency in the research.
So, I love fish oil because chances are very high that either you or someone you know is seriously affected by 1, 2 or even all 3 of these conditions.
So, due to the fact that it helps so many significant issues and has been shown consistently to help these conditions, it is the one supplement I would choose if I could only have one.
I wrote a blog a week ago about the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) principle when it comes to being healthier and supplements are no exception.
Chances are, you don't need a lot of them. Just the right ones.