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72 Studies: Omega-3 Oils Don’t Protect The Heart

From Bloomberg:

Foods Rich in Omega-3 May Not Protect Heart, Study Finds

By Nicole Ostrow | March 18, 2014

Eating food high in fish oils such as omega-3 doesn’t reduce the risk of heart disease, raising questions about national guidelines promoting the fats as beneficial for cardiovascular health, researchers found.

The analysis of 72 previous studies showed insufficient support for nutritional recommendations by groups such as the American Heart Association that advocate high consumption of polyunsaturated fats like omega-3 and omega-6, which is found in corn and sunflower oils, as well as some nuts and seeds.

Thee findings released yesterday in the Annals of Internal Medicine are the latest to show that supplements and vitamins don’t work as well as touted to help patients prevent diseases. While past studies showed fish oil can lower unhealthy blood fats, blood pressure and reduce the risk of a second heart attack, research in recent years contradicted those findings, suggesting it has limited heart benefits.

But that was a scientific consensus! Does this mean we have to release all the people we put in prison for being Omega-3 deniers?

“The current guidelines should reflect the most recent evidence that show that their apparent benefit for reducing coronary risk is potentially low,” Rajiv Chowdhury, the lead study author and a cardiovascular epidemiologist in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge in the U.K., said in an e-mail.

A study presented at the heart association’s 2012 meeting found that taking fish oil, a form of omega-3 fatty acid, after cardiac surgery didn’t prevent a form of irregular heartbeat that can cause blood clots and strokes. Also that year, a review of 20 trials over 24 years published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that fish oil supplements didn’t lower the risk for a range of illnesses, including heart attacks, strokes or death. A study in 2010 published in JAMA found fish oil didn’t prevent recurrences of atrial fibrillation.

Separate research published yesterday in JAMA Internal Medicine found that daily omega-3 supplements wasn’t associated with a lower risk for heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular death in older patients with age-related macular degeneration, an eye disease.

So never mind. But who is now going to sue ‘Big Fish Oil’?

Current heart association guidelines recommend people consume about two servings of fatty fish each week. They also recommend that 5 percent to 10 percent of total daily calories come from omega-6 sources. The guidelines suggest replacing saturated fats, found in meat, full-fat dairy products and coconut and palm oils with polyunsaturated fats…

But how much Omega-3 does Michelle Obama say we should eat? And can we at least sue her?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “72 Studies: Omega-3 Oils Don’t Protect The Heart”

  1. Astravogel

    My doctor advised me a year ago that he’d seen studies showing
    no benefit from the fish oil. I do, however, still visit Red Lobster for
    the broiled flounder, skipping the limp french fries, on occasion.

  2. Never Believe Anything Until It’s Been Officially Denied™

  3. canary

    How could they monitor what people ate 24/7 for years. Soon it will be crime to obese in the US and people will be punished for sneaking french fries or ice-cream.

    • BillK

      Of course it will be – once the government is responsible for your health care, they will have carte blanche to control everything about your life – your hobbies, the way you live and what you eat.

      But people want that these days as they don’t want individual responsibility, they want Mommy and Daddy Government to tell them what to do.




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