Fish Oil All Washed Up?
Posted by Alisa Mullins at 5:24 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)
A recent study conducted by scientists at Wageningen University in the Netherlands suggests that heart attack survivors who are already receiving care may not benefit from taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements. Participants in the study were divided into four groups: the first group was given margarine that was supplemented with fish oil; the second group was given margarine that had added plant-based omega-3 fatty acids; the third group was given margarine that had both plant—and fish-derived omega-3 supplements; and the fourth group received unsupplemented margarine. At the end of the study, there was no discernable difference in heart attack recurrence between the groups.
The study's authors theorize that this outcome may have occurred because the doses of omega-3 fatty acids were small or because the patients had already experienced their first heart attack and were being treated with medication.
Either way, the study does seem to indicate that omega-3 fatty acids may not be the cure-all that they were once touted to be. But if a heart disease cure-all does exist, study after study indicates that it would be a low-fat vegetarian diet, the only diet that has been proved to actually reverse heart disease.
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