MUNICH – Looks like a fish oil pill a day wont keep the doctor away.
Scientists who reviewed data from about 68,000 patients gathered in 20 trials over the past 24 years found that men and women taking fish oil supplements didnt lower their risk for a bevy of ills including heart attacks, strokes and death.
Varied recommendations about the benefits of fish-oil supplements, which contain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, can cause confusion in everyday clinical practice about whether to use these agents for cardiovascular protection, Moses Elisaf and his colleagues from the University of Ioannina in Greece wrote in the study.
The scientists concluded that the use of fish-oil pills is unnecessary to ward off heart disease, a finding that contradicts other studies that said the supplements were beneficial.
The paper, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, belongs to a form of research known as a meta-analysis, which evaluates data from previous investigations without doing new clinical work.
The human body cant make omega-3 fatty acids from scratch but needs them for healthy brain function, growth and development.