Consuming Omega-3 Supplements or Foods May Not Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease: Study



  • A new study has unmasked the health benefits of omega 3 for the heart
  • Fish oil supplements should not reduce the risk of death from heart disease
  • Eating oily fish is still considered healthy

Have you carefully taken your fish oil supplements to consume omega-3 fatty acids and do you think they will protect your heart? Well, a new study has shown that taking care may not pay off and that fish oil supplements may do very little to reduce your risk of heart disease. A study published in the Cochrane Library turned our beliefs about omega 3 and its effects on heart health on its head by concluding that these so-called “essential nutrients” may have little or no impact on our risk, suffering from heart disease, stroke, or heart disease death. Consumption of this class of healthy fats in foods like oily fish, walnuts, cod liver oil, etc. has been widely promoted as healthy due to its purported health benefits for the heart. However, this new study claimed to have debunked this health myth by claiming that the risk of death in people who consumed omega-3s was only marginally lower than those who did not.

The study found that the risk of death for whatever reason in people who consumed more omega-3 foods or supplements was 8.8 percent, while the risk for those who did not consume omega-3 fatty acids was 9 percent. The study concluded that eating foods or capsules for omega-3s had little effect on the risk of cardiovascular events, coronary death, coronary artery disease, stroke, or heart irregularities. The study’s lead author, Lee Hooper of the University of East Anglia, UK, said he was confident about the review’s results, which go against popular beliefs about omega-3s, and that the supplements don’t Protection was beneficial to the heart.

He added that the review provided “good evidence” that consuming long-chain omega-3s (fish oil, DHA, or EPA) does not materially affect our risk of death from heart disease. He also said that while fatty fish are considered healthy due to a number of other health benefits, there is insufficient evidence that their consumption is related to heart health. The study combines the results of 79 randomized trials involving 1,12559 participants from North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

(With IANS inputs)


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