“Fish Oil Offers No Benefits for Heart Disease”
Advertisers have claimed for years that fish oil (omega-3) improve heart health because they allegedly increase “good” HDL cholesterol. Also, we were warned of the dangers of saturated fats, which are solid at room temperature. T hey can be found in butter, lard, cheese and cream, as well as the fatty white areas on cuts of meat. Whereas unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature, such as those seen in vegetable cooking oil or olive oil. In 2014, researchers found that neither effect seemed to make much difference for overall cardiac risk. In short, fish oil supplements do not protect your heart. Shockingly, saturated fats carried about the same cardiac risk as unsaturated fats, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. People who took fish oil capsules appeared to not be getting the heart-health benefits they desired. Sadly, both studies found the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil supplements did not provide any significant protection against heart disease. A new 2018 vast analysis of 10 large randomized trials has revealed that taking omega-3 fish oil supplements was not associated with a significantly reduced risk of 1) death from coronary heart disease, 2) nonfatal myocardial infarction (heart attack), 3) any coronary heart disease events and 4) major vascular events.