Omega 3 Fatty Acids May Not Benefit the Heart

omega 3

Omega-3 fatty acids that have been warranted the hearts elixir to ward off attacks and disease may not be as beneficial as once proclaimed. The fish oil controversy is brewing questions regarding the true effects of how the omega-3’s effect heart health.  The American Medical Association journal, Internal medicine, published findings providing no statistically significant evidence that daily supplementation of omega-3 fatty acids influence the dangers of cardiovascular crisis.

This particular study targeted a senior group of 4,203 individuals whose ages ranged from 50 to 85.  The participants struggled with age-related vision and heart problems and were given omega-3 fatty acid supplements.  The research provided evidence that statistically there was no significant effect in regard to heart strength.  There are many conflicts that arise with this particular study in regard to ailing health in elderly individuals.  The detrimental effects that were afflicted upon the heart have taken place for an extended period of time, which appropriates age alone as a factor.  Trying to assist adverse heart problems after crippling damage has already taken place, does not promote new findings.  An elderly heart may not be receptive to supplements after years and years of damage.  Which by no means disproves omega-3 fatty acids as having no bearings pertaining to heart health.

Although, Dr. Rajiv Chowdhury at the University of Cambridge and his colleagues, have uncovered coinciding findings while reviewing studies encompassing 660,000 participants.  The researchers combed through past studies in order to gain a true perspective of omega-3 and heart correlation.  The team reviewed 32 studies whereby the participants self-reported omega-3 use, 17 studies where the examiner measured the levels of omega-3 fatty acids, and 27 investigations that assigned the subjects random in-take of omega-3 fatty acids.  Once the information was compiled, Annals of Internal Medicine reported that increasing omega-3 consumption has a scant impact in respect to heart disease.  Providing evidence that omega-3 fatty acid supplements may not benefit the heart.  Notably, individuals with elevated natural or supplemental omega-3 usage displayed similar amounts of risk.

This may be astronomically damaging to the supplement industry on massive levels.  Health organizations as reputable as the American Heart Association have advocated omega-3 fatty acids as preventatives for heart issues for years.  Omega-3 and Omega-6 are polyunsaturated fats that have been promoted for consumption in order to lower the hazards of a second heart attack, blood pressure, and unhealthy blood fats.  Studies continue to surface that contradict these findings.  In 2012, the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that fish oil supplements are not effective in decreasing the risk of illnesses ranging from heart attack, stroke, and death.  Important findings concerning omega-3 fatty acids as a non-preventative continue to trickle into health passages and leave a lingering presence.

Each year places another staple of knowledge pertaining to health and the physical up-keep of the human body.  Luckily staples are removable because attempting to keep up with the latest  erroneous retraction is a vexing ordeal.  Spoon feeding great health knowledge and reaping the accolades for incorrect information is wave boarding across a trending ocean.  The next undertow attempting to drown health benefits seems to be that omega-3 fatty acids are no longer reliant as heart healthy.

Commentary By Ebony Waller


Chicago Tribune

New York Times
Sky News
Yahoo Health


You must be logged in to post a comment Login