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New Study Says Omega-3 Supplements Don’t Improve Heart Health

By jeremyc | August 12, 2018

Many people around the world take omega-3 supplements because they’ve been purported to be beneficial for heart health. A new study, however, refutes this. In this study, the researchers found that omega-3 supplements don’t improve heart health.

Millions of people take omega-3 pills to lower the effects of heart disease. But the recently-published study states that these pills don’t provide any noticeable benefit.

In this study, the researchers meta-analyzed 79 studies, involving more than 112,000 people. The studied group wasn’t only large but also diverse. The researchers checked the data of people from all over the world, including Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia.

The researchers noted that omega-3 supplements didn’t reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular events, heart irregularities, and stroke. These supplements were also found to have no noticeable impact on coronary heart disease.

The omega-3 supplements also didn’t reduce all-cause mortality. The risk of all-cause mortality in people who took omega-3 supplements was found to be 8.8 percent. This risk in people who didn’t take omega-3 supplements was 9 percent. So the difference is of just 0.2 percent, which is regarded insufficient from statistical point of view.

While the results of this study oppose the popular belief, no other study had considered such a big amount of data.

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