Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Supplement or Direct from Fish?

When it comes to all-natural alternatives for heart health, fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids have always been at the top of the list, right up there with L-arginine supplements. But a new study  published in the Archives of Internal Medicine is tossing a wrench into the mix.

But what about fish oil capsules? Doctors have also believed that taking omega-3s as supplements can offer a similar protective benefit to the heart. But a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine throws the theory into doubt: according to the analysis of 14 controlled trials in which nearly 20,500 patients with a history of heart disease were randomly assigned to take omega-3 supplements or placebo, those taking the fatty acid pills had about the same rates of heart disease, death from heart attacks, congestive heart failure and stroke as those on placebo.

Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2012/04/10/fish-oil-for-heart-attack-prevention-is-it-a-myth/#ixzz1regHLZP9

The American Heart Association has been recommending that individuals at risk for heart disease eat ‘fatty fish’ at least two times a week or to take supplements high in omega-3 fatty acids. But is there a difference between omega-3 supplements and ingesting omega-3 directly from the source; fish? According the recent study’s co-author Seung-Kwon Myung, the natural source of omega-3 fatty acids (aka: fish) ‘may be more potent than’ the supplemented version.

As Harvard researchers Drs. Frank Hu and JoAnn Manson also point out in a commentary accompanying the new study, it’s possible too that drugs like statins may mask the benefit from fish oils because the medications are so much more powerful. That may also explain why older trials have tended to show a fish oil benefit, while newer ones have not.

Read more about the benefits of L-arginine over beta blockers and statins for hypertension and heart disease here: All-Natural Alternative to Beta Blockers - Arginine

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