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Fish Oil Added to List of Supplements that Do Not Help

May 8, 2016
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omega3Herbal supplements and now omega-3 fish oil are proving to be of almost no value as health aids.

Studies of herbal supplements in big stores found few of the ingredients listed on the labels. Sometimes the ingredients were even dangerous to users.

Recent studies of omega-3 fish oil show it does not have a health benefit. The big question is whether omega-3 fish oil lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke. The answer is no. These were large studies that looked at thousands of cases. Most of the people studied were at risk.

One doctor said there was not enough information on how omega-3 fish oil affected people who do not have any heart problems. However, she said, there is no reason to spend money on fish oil pills when there is no proof they help anyone.

In spite of these studies, the sale of omega-3 supplement is skyrocketing. Studies made years ago showed that Inuit Indians living in Greenland ate a great deal of fish and had very low rates of heart disease.

Two facts are changing the minds of experts. First, the heart health problems of the Inuit have been greatly underestimated. More importantly, new drugs and heart treatments have vastly improved the health of heart and diabetes patients.

One doctor said, “I think the era of fish oil as medication now should be over.”

The best advice now is to eat at least two helpings of fatty fish a week. Fatty fish omega3ainclude:

  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Trout
  • Herring
  • Sardines
  • Mackerel

 

Source: The New York Times March 30, 2015

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