The scientists at the American Heart Association( AHA) found in their study that taking dietary supplements with fish oil does not protect against heart disease. The physicians published the results of their study in the journal "Circulation".
Taking fish oil supplements only in certain people makes sense
Only if patients have already been diagnosed with heart failure or have already had a heart attack, taking supplements with fish oil could result in health benefits,explain the authors.
Many Americans Take Supplements with Fish Oil
A representative American survey of more than 2,000 people in 2015 found that about 21 percent of respondents take supplements with fish oil. The current study indicated that many of the consumers are not receiving any protective benefits from taking them, say the physicians.
experts analyze the data from 13 clinical trials
The bottom line of the study evaluation is that many peopleTaking fish oil supplements for no good reason, the scientists explain. The evaluators of the American Heart Association analyzed data from 13 randomized clinical trials for their study. They thereby attempted to better understand the potential role of fish oil supplementation in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular events, including strokes and heart attacks.
Risk patients protected from death by heart disease through fish oil supplementation
In people without heart disease, there is no evidence that fish oil supplements have any benefit in preventing heart attacks, strokes or heart failure. However, in people with a previous heart attack or heart failure, taking a daily dose of 1,000 mg omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil may reduce the risk of heart disease by about ten percent, the experts explain.
Fish Oil with Omega-3 Can Avoid Arrhythmias
The omega-3 fats in fish oil can help reduce the risk of arrhythmias( abnormal heart beats).These arrhythmias can lead to sudden death and triglyceride levels, say the doctors.
Eat Big Fish
Ideally, people should try to eat a diet rich in oily fish. Thus, sufferers receive enough omega-3 fatty acids, say the authors. Unfortunately, the data would show that most people do not. Experts in heart disease therefore agree that the best way to get the protective benefits of omega-3 is by eating fish. Eat more fatty fish instead of taking fish oil supplements, the authors suggest.
Which fish contain Omega 3?
salmon, sardines, mackerel and other fatty fish contain the highest amount of omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, mercury levels are low in these fish. Fish can generally have a protective effect because they are a source of protein that is low in saturated fat and rich in other nutrients, say the doctors.
Eat 100 grams of fish twice a week
The American Heart Association recommends that people eat about 100 grams of fish twice a week to keep their hearts healthy by consuming them. Anyone who wants to take supplements with fish oil, should first discuss the pros and cons with his doctor, the experts continue.(as)
For a long time, so-called omega-3 fish oil supplements have been associated with improved heart health. Researchers have now found that taking these supplements does not really help prevent heart disease in most people.