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AHA Says Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Not For Everybody

Summary: The American Heart Association steps in to settle the omega-3 fish oil controversy – thought to prevent stroke and heart disease in the general population. The debate over fish oil supplements was stirred up by reports tainted by funding bias. [Author: Brady Hartman. This article first appeared on the website Follow us on  Reddit or Google+ ] 

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 stroke and heart disease.

In a science advisory – a type of press release – 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.

Fish oil infographic
Illustration courtesy of the American Heart Association News.

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.

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