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AHA Says Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Not For Everybody

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AHA Sets Record Straight On Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements

For around 15 years, healthy people have turned to omega-3 fish oil supplements, to protect against heart disease.

The American Heart Association (AHA) says that omega-3 fish oil supplements do not prevent heart disease or stroke in the generally healthy individuals – people who have never had a heart attack and do not have heart disease.

Recently, there has been a great deal of controversy over the use of omega-3 fish oil supplements. The controversy stems from a research study that was funded by the fish oil supplement industry.  This study put fish oil supplements in a favorable light because it was tainted by funding bias.

On March 13, 2017, the American Heart Association (AHA) felt compelled to set the record straight. They issued a science advisory accompanied by a press release on omega-3 fish oil supplements.

Key Points of AHA Press Release
  • AHA says there is no evidence that omega-3 fish oil supplements prevent heart disease or stroke in the general population (people who have never had a heart attack and do not have heart diseases).
  • The AHA recommends omega-3 fish oil supplements only for certain categories of patients with specific heart diseases.
Take Home Message
  • The AHA says that fish oil supplements do not prevent heart disease or stroke in the general population.
  • The AHA recommends fish oil supplements only for certain categories of patients with specific heart diseases.
  • Eating fish is a healthy way to obtain the benefits of fish oil. Fish oil supplements are not.

If you would like to learn more about omega-3 fish oil, visit the following related articles:

  1. 9 Things Everybody Ought To Know About Omega-3 Fish Oils.
  2. The Dirty Secret of the Fish Oil Supplement Industry.

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