Something Fishy In Biochemistry
I’m not against fish.
I’m down on omega-3 fatty acids and other harmful desaturation products of metabolism.
Selling omega-3 supplements is like selling cortisol supplements.
Or lactic acid supplements.
Or histamine supplements.
Or prostaglandin supplements.
Or kinin supplements.
Or leukotriene supplements.
Or cadaverine supplements.
Or putrescine supplements.
These chemicals are beneficial during times of emergency, but is it my highest choice to supplement with them?
Who decided that essential fatty acids are essential?
That would be George and Mildred Burr in 1929.
The two papers they submitted in 1929 and 1930 marked “the beginning of a modern paradigm in nutritional biochemistry.”
Scientists ran with the idea, and never looked back to verify it.
Ray Peat (“Unsaturated fatty acids: Nutritionally essential, or toxic?,” 2006-2016) wrote …
“The amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids often said to be essential (Holman, 1981) is approximately the amount required to significantly increase the incidence of cancer, and very careful food selection is needed for a diet that provides a lower amount.”
Nope. I’m not against fish.
I’m down on omega-3 fatty acids from any source — marine algae, land plants, or fatty fish.