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Fish Oil Pills, Good for the Heart? Not in This Life

Omega-3 supplements fall short in major scientific review

(Newser) - Want to prevent heart disease? Those fish oil supplements may not be worth the money after all, the BBC reports. A review of roughly 112,000 people across 79 trials found that people using supplements of omega-3—a fat that's prominent fish oils like cod liver oil—experienced little... More »

Fish Oil During Pregnancy May Cut Baby's Asthma Risk

Large Danish study suggests its reduction of inflammation, a key part of asthma

(Newser) - A large, double blind study out of Denmark suggests that fish oil during pregnancy may help lower a child's risk of asthma, reports the New York Times , reducing rates from 24% in women given placebos to 17% in those given fish oil in the final trimester, amounting to a... More »

Omega-3 Story Gets 'Intriguing New Twist'

Unless you live in the Arctic, researchers say

(Newser) - One in 10 Americans take fish oil supplements thanks in part to decades-old research. The Inuit—who consumed a diet mainly of whales, seals, and fish—rarely had heart attacks, and researchers speculated in the 1970s that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish guard against them, reports the New York ... More »

We Spend $1.2B on Fish Oil Pills That May Do No Good

A look at the science, or lack thereof

(Newser) - The "accrual of high-level evidence" indicates "that the supplements lack efficacy across a range of health outcomes for which their use is advocated." That pronouncement, a conclusion that comes from an analysis of 24 studies based on randomized clinical trials and published in JAMA Internal Medicine in... More »

Fish Oil Reverses Tide on Memory Loss

(Newser) - Regular doses of Omega 3, found in fish oil, can help reduce memory loss, reports the Telegraph. Healthy 70-year-old subjects taking capsules containing 900 mg of the fatty acid docosahexaenoic slashed errors on a test that measured learning and memory, according to researchers. The improvement, exhibited over a six-month period,... More »

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