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Modern Drug Therapies For Heart Disease May Mask The Benefits Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

November 28, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A U.S. review of hundreds of clinical trials analyzes conflicting findings on the use of omega-3 fatty acid supplements for heart disease, concluding that they are important and do work, but their benefits are often hampered by drugs used to treat cardiovascular disease. Both fish consumption and dietary omega-3 fatty acid supplements seem to help prevent heart disease, but fatty acids from certain sources are more effective than others. The researchers also found that the compounds may have significant value for serious health problems other than heart disease. The researchers advised consuming consume 200-300 milligrams of combined EPA and DHA every day to prevent cardiovascular disease.
D. B. Jump et al., "Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation and cardiovascular disease", The Journal of Lipid Research, November 28, 2012, © American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.
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