Taking Omega 3 supplements WON’T cut the risk of early death and may even do some harm, major study finds
- Scientists found taking supplements saw early death risk drop by a tiny margin
- An estimated £60million is spent on Omega 3 supplements each year in the UK
- They are one of the most popular types of supplement for those who take them
Fish oil supplements taken by millions of us do nothing to cut the risk of an early death, a major review has found.
For decades we have been told taking pills or capsules of omega 3 supplements will improve our health, mainly by helping the functioning of the heart.
But a 730-page report published today by the respected Cochrane Library has found no evidence that they reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke or premature death. Scientists even found a hint that the supplements may do some harm, by reducing levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol which protects the heart.
Britons spends tens of millions on omega 3 pills, capsules and oils. They are one of the most popular type of supplement, with more than a quarter of people who take any kind of supplement choosing omega 3.
The British Heart foundation backed the study and urged people to focus on healthy eating instead
Lead author Dr Lee Hooper, from the University of East Anglia, said: ‘We can be confident in the findings of this review which go against the popular belief that long-chain omega 3 supplements protect the heart.’
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