Omega-3 pills. A supplement most of us has taken at one time or another.

Supplementing with Omega-3 has been proven to help in a variety of ways and it is a great supplement to take, but a new study finds that it may not be as beneficial as once believed when it comes to improving heart health.

A recent study published by Cochrane Heart Group, shows taht there may be little to no benefit taking Omega-3 supplements when it comes to reducing heart disease.

The study looked at data from 79 studies and over 112,000 people (both men and women) from North America, Europe, Asia and Australia and found “little or no difference to risk of cardiovascular events, coronary heart deaths, coronary heart disease events, stroke, or heart irregularities,” among those taking the supplement.

This study is unique in the sense that it compiled a large amount of data in order to come to this conclusion.

“Results of a large meta-analysis showed that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplements don’t provide any protection against cardiovascular disease events” said Dr. Marcin Kowalski, director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Staten Island University Hospital in Staten Island, New York.

There’s been a lot of controversy and debate regarding omega-3 for several years, but it’s the first time a study of this scale comes to this conclusion.

There are other benefits of taking Omega-3 though, but it is good to have a better understanding of what it actually can help you with and what it can’t help you with.

You can find a summary of this study here:

Omega‐3 fatty acids for the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease

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