Fish oil again shown to not prevent heart disease

Fish oil again shown to not prevent heart disease

The researchers looked specifically at cardiac death, sudden death, myocardial infarction and stroke, and found that there was no statistical cardiovascular difference between people taking fish oil pills and those who did not.

  • Dr. Moses Elisaf at the University Hospital of Loannina in Greece led this large meta-analysis on nearly 70,000 patients pooled from 20 separate clinical trials all over the world. 
  • In April 2012, a published study from South Korea covering data from 14 clinical trials and 20,000 patients, concluded that taking fish oil pills for one year did not lower the risk of heart attack, congestive heart failure, stroke, or any other type of cardiovascular disease.
  • In June 2012, three separate published studies involving over 3,500 participants showed that fish oil pills did not slow cognitive decline and prevent dementia.

“There’s never been any compelling evidence of a clinical benefit…”
Dr. Steven Nissen, professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Medicine.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA) on September 12, 2012.  As reported by on October 8, 2012. 

Posted: Tuesday 18 December 2012