Omega-3 Heart Benefits Questioned
Research news from the American Diabetes Association 72nd Scientific Sessions
June 8–12, 2012 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish oil, flaxseed, and other sources) showed no evidence of protecting against heart disease. Researchers found the same amount of heart disease in people who took a 1-gram dose of omega-3s every day for six years as in those who took a placebo. The omega-3 pills also failed to prevent prediabetes from turning into diabetes. The researchers say it's unclear whether a higher dose of omega-3s might have shown some benefit or if omega-3s would be effective in people at a lower risk for heart disease than those included in this study. While omega-3 supplements might not be helpful, experts recommend continuing to eat fish and other foods rich in "good" fats, which are still considered to be healthy.
Source: The New England Journal of Medicine, June 11, 2012