Table of contents:
- 1. The worldwide popularity of fish oil
- 2. How fish oil gained popularity in the Soviet Union
- 3. What is the reason for the ban on fish oil in the 1970s
Those, whose childhood was spent in the Soviet Union, perfectly remember the thick liquid, unpleasant in appearance and taste, called fish oil. For a long time, this supplement has been a must in the diet of children. It was given at home and in kindergartens. And in general it was believed that it can prevent the development of almost all diseases and cure at least half. But over time, it was banned from taking, and there was a reason for this.
1. The worldwide popularity of fish oil
With the light hand of P. Moeller, a pharmacist who made one important discovery, in the nineteenth century, fish oil gained popularity as an effective medicine for rickets. Meller managed to find an excellent processing method, after which the not very pleasant smell of the product was neutralized. From that moment on, he began to become more and more popular.
Subsequently, naturally gradually, they began to perceive him as a universal medicine for all kinds of diseases. But not only sick people ate fish oil.
Healthy people also drank it on a spoonful a day for preventive purposes and to always stay in good shape. Not much time passed and the production of this product began to be engaged in almost all countries of the world. The USSR and America were not an exception.
2. How fish oil gained popularity in the Soviet Union
Soviet doctors believed that fish oil would help improve the health of the nation. And they were absolutely right. It contains a lot of omega fatty acids (among them linoleic, docosapentaenoic, arachidonic, etc.), which are present in extremely small quantities in other products. These substances are necessary for the body for the normal functioning of many organs and systems. They stimulate brain activity, improve memory and sensitivity to new knowledge, strengthen immunity.
Doctors of the USSR put forward a hypothesis about the deficiency of omega-acids in ordinary food and the necessity of compulsory intake of fish oil rich in them in order to improve the health of young people. The government took up good initiatives, after which preventive measures took a nationwide scale.
All the kids in kindergartens were treated to fish oil, which the children did not like terribly.
At that time, there were no gelatin capsules yet, so the product was consumed in the form of an oily, foul-smelling solution with a bitter taste. The daily "execution" with a spoonful of fish oil, although it was extremely unpleasant, but borne fruit. Soviet youth were distinguished by their good health. In the classroom, there were practically no children who "nodded" from fatigue. The number of colds has decreased significantly. The kids grew up strong and hardy.
3. What is the reason for the ban on fish oil in the 1970s
Despite all the benefits of fish oil, a government decree was issued in 1970 banning its prophylactic intake. The reason for this decision was the results of a number of studies. Scientists have found that the content of toxic substances in fish oil produced at domestic enterprises is increased. This was due not only to the pollution of the oceans, but also to the conditions of production.
At many Soviet factories (for example, in Kaliningrad), small, low-quality fish and even herring offal were used for fat heating, which significantly reduced the cost of production. The consequences of the savings were dire. In the finished fish oil, a huge amount of toxins was found, which, with regular use, accumulate in the tissues and gradually poison the body.
The Soviet kids breathed a sigh of relief. It was no longer necessary to drink bitter fish oil. Despite the "reasonably waste-free" Soviet production, in itself it remained an extremely useful product. In 1997, the conditions for obtaining fish oil were revised, and the ban on this natural food supplement was lifted.