Salinas, CA Omega 3 May Not Be As Good As We Thought For Cholesterolby Richard Kuehn on 09/14/12
I have been taking Omega-3 fish oil for years in an effort to stay healthier and stay off of cholesterol medication. I was not happy to read that there was a recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association that found that taking the nutritional supplements don't appear to have a significant impact on heart attacks, stroke or death. Many physicians believe that these pills are a powerful tool to fight off disease causing bad cholesterol, but this may not be the case. According to the Nutrition Business Journal, these fish oil pills generated $1.1 billion in sales last year, so there must be a lot of physicians recommending their patients take the pills. I hope there are more follow-up studies to this research. I am not a fan of taking a lot of prescription drugs, and would like to take nutritional supplements instead whenever it's possible. Unfortunately, there has been a lot of research coming out recently showing that many nutritional supplements are not as helpful as we had hoped. In addition, my physician is skeptical of many of them because even if they are made in the U.S., many ingredients are sourced from off-shore countries which often don't have the strict quality controls in place that we have here.