BIG STUD­IES GIVE MIXED NEWS ON FISH OIL, VI­TA­MIN D

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Chicago — Tak­ing fish oil or vi­ta­min D? Big stud­ies give long-awaited an­swers on who does and does not ben­e­fit from these pop­u­lar nu­tri­ents. Fish oil taken by healthy peo­ple, at a dose found in many sup­ple­ments, showed no clear abil­ity to lower heart or cancer risks. Same for vi­ta­min D. But higher amounts of a pu­ri­fied, pre­scrip­tion fish oil slashed heart prob­lems and heart-re­lated deaths among peo­ple with high triglyc­erides, a type of fat in the blood, and other risks for heart dis­ease. Doc­tors cheered the re­sults and said they could sug­gest a new treat­ment op­tion for hun­dreds of thou­sands of pa­tients like these. Up to 10 per­cent of U.S. adults take fish oil. Re­sults were re­vealed Satur­day at an Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence in Chicago and pub­lished by the New Eng­land Jour­nal of Medicine.

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