Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements: New Study Debates Benefits

Angela Ayles
by Angela Ayles | November 12, 2012 @ 8:48 am | 8 

Do omega-3 fish oil supplements really pose as many health benefits as we’ve been led to believe? The thousands of dollars (possibly more) you’ve spent on fish oil supplements over the years may have been a waste of money – according to several new studies released over the past few months.

A study released in mid-September of this year analyzed the benefits of fish oil supplements in patients with heart disease. The study results showed that “fish oil capsules did not appear to lower any of the study volunteers’ chances of a heart attack or stroke.” Furthermore, the team concluded that “Overall, omega-3 supplementation was not associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality, cardiac death, sudden death, myocardial infarction, or stroke.”

A new study released this week monitored the health effects of heart surgery patients who took fish oil supplements before and after a heart procedure. Their conclusion was that “taking the supplements didn’t seem to help patients heal better.”

The goal of this particular study was to help reduce post-operative atrial fibrillation – an irregular heartbeat that tends to develop in patients undergoing cardiac surgery.

“Our findings provide no evidence that short-term omega-3-[polyunsaturated fatty acids] supplementation provides clinically relevant antiarrhythmic effects in the acute setting of cardiac surgery,” Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and his co-authors concluded in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Doctors suggest that the best way to ensure you’re body is receiving the nutrients it needs is to eat proper foods. In this case, eating oily fish at least a few times a week will show positive results.

Source: Journal of the American Medial Association