Study Proves Fish Oil Supplements Don’t Protect You From Heart Disease

Study Proves Fish Oil Supplements Don’t Protect You From Heart Disease

It seems that omega-3 in supplements doesn’t pack the same punch as the essential fatty acids found in fish.

Fish oil is one of the most commonly used supplements: millions of people consume it daily in the form of softgels, capsules, or tablets, believing that it will lower their risk of developing cardiovascular issues. Even the American Heart Association advises people with a history of heart conditions to supplement omega-3 in their diets. But a new study by British scientists reveals that, sadly, these supplements have very little to do with your heart’s health.

Up until now, doctors advised anyone who’s had a heart attack or suffers from any heart issues, to introduce a source of omega-3 in their diet. Although eating fatty fish few times a week is the ideal option, supplements were considered and presented as the equally effective alternative. However, the findings presented in the JAMA Cardiology journal indicate that this might not be the case.

Researchers at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, who conducted the study, analyzed data from 10 randomized studies containing 77,917 participants, all of whom had a history of heart diseases, and were prescribed either omega-3 supplement or a placebo.The group who regularly took the supplement, experienced, on average, risk reductions of 7 percent for coronary heart disease death, 3 percent for nonfatal myocardial infarction and 4 percent for any coronary heart disease events.

The verdict? Fish oil supplements provide minimal benefit to heart health. The percentage of cases where regular use of omega-3 made any change is not significant, according to the scientists, and their research didn’t support current doctor recommendation for fish oil use.

Although these new findings reveal that neither EPA or DHA could prevent cardiovascular diseases in a way we thought they could, it doesn’t mean you should stop using them. It just means that you shouldn’t rely on omega-3 supplements for heart health, and look for other ways to prevent cardiac issues.

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