As your own health advocate, it's important to keep up-to-date with health news.
But, how can you weed through sensational headlines and instances of bad science?
For example, consider a study that came out linking omega-3s to prostate cancer. News stations and websites across the country told you to "Pour out your fish oils!" shortly after the study was released.
Many Americans did just that... in fact, an estimated 12 million stopped taking their omega-3s.
The problem is, the study had major flaws and did not take into account any of the other factors that truly are linked to prostate cancer, such as bad diet, smoking, lack of physical activity, etc.
What's more, there are thousands of studies that point to the amazing benefits of fish oils and omega-3s, including protecting against prostate cancer.
Omega-3s are extremely important for so many aspects of your health... your heart, brain, skin, joints. They are beneficial for every single cell in your body. In fact, a long-term Harvard University study showed that up to 96,000 people die per year from a low omega-3 intake.
Positive data from these studies show these benefits in every age range, from the very young to the elderly.
In all honesty, these sensational headlines are not going to cease. The media is always going to use the sexiest, most attention-grabbing approach they can come up with.
So, what can you do to ensure you're getting the most accurate information?
Wait for the dust to settle a little before you make any drastic changes, especially when it comes to a natural therapy such as fish oil. Do your own research, too, using trusted science-based sources. Learn the difference between good science and bad science.
Fitness and nutritional expert, Dr. Chris Mohr, joins Lisa to discuss why it's important to get the right information when it comes to your health, and why this particular study has been so misunderstood by the general public.