You’ve heard all the claims about how heart-healthy fish oil is. Now the talk is that most of the trials involving fish oil cannot back the claim that it lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke. Almost all the studies comparing fish oil with a placebo showed no benefit. So why have sales doubled?
Enthusiasm for fish oil dates back to the 70s when it was determined the Inuits in Greenland had very low rates of cardiovascular disease attributed to a diet rich in omega-3. With the advent of statin drugs for cholesterol, the affects of fish oil are not really playing a part in heart health. It is also found that if you are taking aspirin or blood thinners and fish oil, you may very easily bruise or have nosebleeds.
Rather than taking fish oil as a supplement, it is recommended that you actually eat fatty fish twice a week.