Findings based on 20 study review of Omega-3 PUFA supplementation, covering almost 70,000 participants.
Researchers at the University Hospital of Ioannina in Greece recently reviewed 20 studies covering almost 70,000 participants and found no statistically significant evidence that supplementation with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), commonly referred to as fish oil supplements, will result in a lower risk of heart attack, stroke or premature death. Another recent study, by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, concluded that taking omega-3 fish oil supplements did not appear to protect older people from cognitive decline.
Omega-3 PUFAs are found in food sources like nuts and seeds and oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines. Supplements are typically taken in the form of fish oil, flax seed oil or some drugs like Omacor.
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"Anytime a whole food is associated with health benefits, the race is on to isolate the potential beneficial substances and create a supplement or drug," adds Tom. "The main driving factor behind this is always money, and history usually proves that these isolated compounds do not produce the same results as the whole foods from which they are extracted. Your best bet to ensure the best possible health is to avoid supplements and use the money you save to purchase and eat the highest-quality whole foods you can afford. Optimal health is built on real whole foods."
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