Does Fish Oil Really Protect the Heart?
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.