Latest on Omega-3 Supplements

You may have read or heard about the recent study and news that Omega-3 supplements have no significant effect on reducing cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease. Findings were published in the September 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

A meta-analysis pooled from 20 randomized studies including more than 68,000 patients concluded that supplementation did not reduce the risks of all-cause mortality, cardiac death, sudden death, myocardial infarction or stroke.  The authors opined that the findings do not justify the use of Omega-3s as a structured intervention in everyday clinical practice or guidelines supporting daily Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid administration.

Authors and clinicians suggest that even though supplements may not reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, there is evidence they help reduce triglyceride cholesterol levels. Clinicians also indicate it is important we maintain a plant-based diet with Omega-3 rich fatty fish as part of a heart-healthy Mediterranean-like dietary strategy that hold benefits most likely beyond individual supplements.

It is important to differentiate disease prevention from health promotion. Because something does not prevent a disease does not mean it is not healthy. Omega-3s in the form of food consumption remains health promoting. Even supplements continue to help with unhealthy cholesterol reduction. We should engage in health promoting behaviors including diet, exercise, and stress reduction even if such behaviors do not prevent disease.

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  7. Good point. There is a lot of misinformation about Omega-3, from what I understand it is more important for the period when we are still growing. It helps kids with “brainy” tasks (memory, concentration et al). In adults it is still beneficial, because its a supplement we cannot produce in our bodies, rather have to take it with food.
    The well known Mediterranean diet is full of Omega-3 and hey, have you seen an un-healthy Italian woman? 🙂

  8. The biggest issue with this article is the dosage issue and the quality issue. Barry Sears outlines levels of 3 grams minimum daily in his book Toxic Fat, and those with pre-existing health issues may need up to 10 g/day. There aren’t that many people who there who will down a bottle of substandard fish oils that are likely rancid and do not deliver the proper levels of DHA & EPA in a 1:2 ratio for proper benefits in adults (opposite for children). Short changing omega 3’s without the rest of the study is silly, as this journal article only addresses 1 g/d or more, and the quality is likely not rigorously controlled.

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  12. Omega-3 fatty acids (also known as n-3 fatty acids) are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential nutrients for health. We need omega-3 fatty acids for numerous normal body functions, such as controlling blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain, and since our bodies cannot make omega-3 fats, we must get them through food. Omega-3 fatty acids are also associated with many health benefits, including protection against heart disease and possibly stroke. New studies are identifying potential benefits for a wide range of conditions including cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and other autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.;:`,

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