The fish oil myth

Studies indicate fish oil supplements don't decrease risk of heart disease

Even though 10% of Americans take fish oil supplements to decrease the risk of heart disease, an in-depth analysis of the studies on fish oil indicate it is no more effective than a placebo. The study authors, whose work was published in JAMA Internal Medecine, analyzed 18 randomized clinical studies and 6 meta-analyses of randomized clinical trials conducted between 2005 and 2012. Only two studies found that fish oil supplements were effective.

Somehow, though, the word hasn't gotten out. Despite this contrary evidence, we continue to dump our hard earned dollars into these supplements. If you jumped on the band wagon, stop, as it's best to stick to the tried and true recommendations if you want to protect your ticker. Exercise regularly, limit salt and sugar intake, and keep your weight under control.

Then, of course, you can save those dollars for a night out with friends, a fun way to ensure physical and emotional health.

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