Does Fish Oil Re­ally Pro­tect the Heart?

Better Nutrition - - TREND WATCH -

Opin­ions have var­ied about the ef­fects of fish oil on heart health, but a new study of­fers some valu­able in­sights. An anal­y­sis of ear­lier stud­ies fol­low­ing more than 71,000 peo­ple, pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Lipi­dol­ogy, found that tak­ing any dose of fish oil re­duced risk of death from heart dis­ease, on av­er­age, by 8 per­cent. How­ever, among peo­ple who took more than 1 gram of an EPA- DHA com­bi­na­tion, risk dropped by much more: up to 30 per­cent. Peo­ple with higher risk for heart dis­ease had the great­est ben­e­fits.

De­ci­pher­ing the Dose: In the Sup­ple­ment Facts on a prod­uct la­bel, look for quan­ti­ties of EPA and DHA, the key ben­e­fi­cial fats in the oil. Each is listed separately. For ex­am­ple, a 1,000 mg ( 1 gm) serv­ing of fish oil of­ten con­tains 180 mg of EPA and 120 mg of DHA, for a to­tal of 300 mg of EPA- DHA, so it would take ap­prox­i­mately 3– 4 serv­ings to get 1,000 mg. Some prod­ucts are more con­cen­trated.

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