Study Says Omega-3s Do Nothing For Your Heart
Remember all of those claims about how good omega-3 fatty acids are for your heart? Forget them, or at least think about forgetting them. New research just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that the widely-touted fatty acids found in fish oil and other foods do not lower risk factors for heart attack or stroke, sudden death, or cardiac arrest. The bad news, based on a review of 20 studies involving nearly 70,000 patients, found that, in researcher-speak, “omega-3s are not statistically significantly associated with major cardiovascular outcomes across various patient populations.” In other words, people who ate lots of omega-3s were found to have the same risk of heart disease and stroke as people who almost none. Don’t want to believe it? Read a JAMA press release about the study here.