Think eating foods high in fish oil, or taking fish oil supplements, will better your heart health? Think again. A new study out of Greece analyzed over 20 previous studies involving almost 70,000 individuals and the results may surprise you.
Of the 70,000 people involved in the studies, many of them were heart patients who had been taking fish oil supplements. The results showed that “fish oil capsules did not appear to lower any of the study volunteers’ chances of a heart attack or stroke.”
To determine if it was simply the capsules that weren’t effective in helping heart health, study leaders also analyzed patients who got their extra Omega-3s by actually consuming more fish in their diet. That, too, proved ineffective.
“Overall, omega-3…supplementation was not associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality, cardiac death, sudden death, myocardial infarction, or stroke,” the study team wrote.
It’s worth mentioning that a study earlier this year based on 20,000 participants from previous trials also found that these supplements had no effect on heart disease or death.
The study out of Greece finishes with this message to individuals:
“In conclusion, omega-3 (fatty acids) 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 (fatty acids) administration.”