People all over the globe have been consuming fish oil supplement or having fish to avert heart attacks or stroke. However, according to a recent report that was made after a ten-year study on four continents and involving 112,000 participants, researchers discovered that the omega-3 supplements did not influence heart health.
You can assume how this study can affect the fish oil industry, which generates 2 billion dollars a year just in the United States.
The article was printed in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. The research team investigated to see if the omega-3 fatty acids commonly found in fish, plant products or supplements would affect the participants’ risks of heart disease, stroke or death. The conclusion revealed that there is a very small effect on the mortality.
Head author of the research, Lee Hooper said that there is a little correlation between Alpha Lipoic Acid -ALA (an omega-3 fatty acid found in nuts and plants) that improves the blood circulation and heart health, but the effect is very weak.
No Advantages for the Heart health, But It’s Still Healthful, Right?
You should not yet quit taking fish oil products and supplements, because the study did not estimate if omega-3 are good for brain cells and other body mechanisms.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids are known to have a role in preserving nerves and strengthening cell membranes and can only be found in oily fish, leafy vegetables and nuts because the body cannot produce them on its own.
The evidence that fish oil is not a cause of heart-healthy and anti-inflammatory response is known for many years because many scientists argued that it has no role in preventing or treating cardiovascular diseases.
However, the market for fish oil supplements still bloomed. In the present, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, approximately 10% of Americans take this supplement on the daily basis.