Taking Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements May Cut Risk of Heart Attack

An updated meta-analysis of 13 trials, results of which were recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, suggests that taking omega-3 fish oil supplements on a daily basis may cut the risk of heart attack or other heart events. Nevertheless, the supplement cannot protect from a stroke.Taking Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements May Cut Risk of Heart Attack

Within the frame of the study, the scientists analyzed data taking from 13 datasets that had a total pool of 127,477 participants whose average age was 64 years at baseline and 60% of them were male. The average BMI was 28. The participants have been taking supplements for 5 years, on average.

The first study author Yang Hu, Ph.D., of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, comments the results of the meta-analysis: “We found significant protective effects of daily omega-3 supplementation against most [cardiovascular disease] outcome risks, and the associations appeared to be in a dose-response manner.”

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