Pebble Beach, CA Eating Fresh Fish Good For You, But Omega-3 Supplements May Not Be Effectiveby Richard Kuehn on 10/03/12
I have been taking Omega-3 pills for years in an effort to ward off high cholesterol naturally. But I have been disturbed by a number of reports showing this method might not be effective. The pills have become popular since the 1970's after researchers found that Greenland Eskimos rarely die from heart disease, despite a diet of fatty fish. About 21% of U.S. adults are using fish-oil supplements according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition. Last month, however, the Journal of the American Medical Association analyzed 20 clinical trials involving nearly 70,000 people and found that Omega-3 didn't prevent heart attacks, strokes, or death from heart disease. Another study published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Archives of Internal Medicine found the supplements didn't prevent heart problems for people with a history of heart disease or with Type 2 diabetes. Although more research needs to be done, it appears that the fish itself is what may be staving off heart disease, strokes and other ailments. Whatever is doing it doesn't appear to be replicated by the nutritional supplements. One lesson to be learned from these studies is to eat more fish like salmon that is heavy in Omega 3.