I still take it as part of my handful of morning supplements, but a new study finds fish oil has no effect on preventing heart disease.
By Steven Reinberg
WEDNESDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) — Although previous research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids may help those who have already had a heart attack or suffer from heart failure, a new study finds that the supplements do little to prevent cardiac trouble in people who have risk factors for heart disease.
Italian researchers reported that omega-3 fatty acid supplements did not reduce death from heart disease or heart attacks or strokes in this vulnerable group.
“Contrary to the expectations, adding supplemental omega-3 fatty acids does not have any specific advantage in a population that is considered at high risk of cardiovascular disease,” said lead researcher Dr. Gianni Tognoni, from the Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche in Milan.
Tognoni said omega-3 fatty acids do seem to help prevent abnormal heart rhythms following a heart attack or heart failure. There appears, however, to be no value in taking the supplements to prevent heart disease, he added.