Omega 3 Pills : A new scientific study suggest that there is little or no effect of Omega 3 pills. They did not reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke or death.
Very little or No Heart Health benefit of Omega 3 pills
Omega 3 fatty acids
Omega 3 fats are essential for good health, there are three types of Omega 3 fatty Acid
Alphalinolenic acid (ALA) : ALA found in plant foods such as nuts and seeds, walnut is a rich source of ALA omega 3.
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), & Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) : these are long chain omega 3 fats, found in fatty fish like salmon and fish oils.
False Popular Belief about Omega 3 pills
People worldwide believe that increased consumption of omega 3 fats will protect against heart disease and it will reduce blood pressure and also reduce cholesterol level in blood. The Omega 3 pills are easily available as supplements and there is a huge market of these pills.
A Report published in Cochrane systematic review based on 79 randomized trials conducted on 112059 people suggests that increasing long chain omega 3 provides little or no meaningful effect. It makes no difference to risk of cardiovascular events, coronary heart deaths, coronary heart disease events, stroke or heart irregularities.
Cochrane lead author, Dr. Lee Hooper from the University of East Anglia, UK said: “We can be confident in the findings of this review which go against the popular belief that long-chain omega 3 supplements protect the heart. This large systematic review included information from many thousands of people over long periods. Despite all this information, we don’t see protective effects”.
“The review provides good evidence that taking long-chain omega 3 (fish oil, EPA or DHA) supplements do not benefit heart health or reduce our risk of stroke or death from any cause.”
Cochrane is a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health.
Source : cochrane.org
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