Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acid supplements is good for your heart, but a new study finds that taking omega-3 supplements may not be as beneficial – at least in at-risk patients. Advertising Policy Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse … Read More
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At-risk people don’t experience omega-3 benefits
An Italian study found that people with underlying cardiovascular risk factors may not get the heart health benefits of omega-3 supplements.
Cardiologist David Frid, MD, did not take part in the study but said, “There was really no benefit in this at-risk population of reducing the likelihood of having some cardiac event if they took an omega-3 supplement.”
More studies are needed to figure out who will be served best by omega-3 fatty acid supplements.
Question about dosage amount
Dr. Frid says despite the study’s findings that there’s no harm in taking omega-3 supplements and that future studies should try larger doses than the 1 gram given in this study. He says higher doses may be more effective.
“Maybe a slightly higher amount of omega-3 would have been beneficial,” says Dr. Frid. “The dose of 1 gram used in the study is the average dose that is often recommended. We don’t know if a higher dose like 2 grams might have been more beneficial.”