So, does that mean it is not worth taking?
A fine question, as data continues to be at odds. No study has been completed examining fish oil (Omega 3) as a preventative for your first heart attack. LOVAZA, a prescription fish oil, is only indicated (FDA approved) for very high triglycerides, but used for lower levels all the time. I personally take Omega 3 (high in EPA/DHA) to improve my lipids and the numbers are definitely better. So what is one to do?
As usual, understanding the lay of the land is important. Omega 3 supplementation is rarely (but occasionally) associated with negative outcomes — you should know if you could be one of those people. Aside from a fish allergy, burping and potentially “thinner” blood, taking some omega 3 is GENERALLY not going to hurt you, and it MIGHT actually help. (Legal disclaimer: THIS DOES NOT CONSTITUTE MEDICAL ADVICE — TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR)
What is clear is that eating a diet rich in Omega 3s (fish and/or plant sources) is VERY GOOD for you, partly by substituting these products from worse sources of animal protein.
Once again it comes back to a good diet…and why not throw in exercise for good measure!
Bruce L. Feldman, MD
Dr Bruce is an advocate for health. You need to be your own health advocate. His blog offers his opinions and insights on numerous topics he believes might be of interest. Hope you agree!