If you’re anything like me one of the many vitamins you ingest each day includes fish oil. Among the many reasons for taking a fish oil supplement has been its ability to help decrease your risk for heart attacks and strokes. Well all that has changed. According to scientists, who pooled evidence from 20 studies involving almost 70,000 patients, taking omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oil had no significant effect on rates of heart attacks, strokes and heart-related deaths.
While omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (Pufas) are known to fight inflammation, one of the key processes that contribute to narrowing of the arteries, researchers conducting the new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed no evidence of risk reduction associated with omega-3. According to Dr Evangelos Rizos and her colleagues from the University Hospital of Ioannina, Greece:
“In conclusion, omega-3 Pufas are not statistically significantly associated with major cardiovascular outcomes across various patient populations. Our findings do not justify the use of omega-3 as a structured intervention in everyday clinical practice, or guidelines supporting dietary omega-3 Pufa administration.”
It should be noted that previous research have both supported and rejected the idea that fish oil supplements may protect the heart. With such conflicting information one has to wonder how this will affect people’s choices in using fish oil as part of their daily health routine.
Does this information change your decision to take fish oil supplements?