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Recent Study Shows Omega-3 Supplements Do Not Lower Heart Attack Risk

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By Luis Marine

Friday Sept 14, 2012 (foodconsumer.org) --  A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association acknowledged that studies which previously supported omega-3 supplements lowering the risk of heart attack were inaccurate after they performed "a more randomized study" of those very same studies which initially recommended the supplement.

This further randomized examination of 20 previous studies which concluded the risk of heart attack was lowered by omega-3 supplements was performed by medical researchers at the University of Ioannina in Greece.

The U.S. FDA has only approved omega-3 as a triglyceride (fats that circulate in the blood and dangerous in high levels) lowering agent, and are highly recommended when triglycerides levels are highly elevated. In an article by the Los Angeles Times, Monte Morin interviewed Chicago cardiologist Dr. Robert Bonow. He openly agreed with the authors in the JAMA study and further commented that "any benefits of supplementation paled in comparison with exercising, maintaining a proper weight and addressing high cholesterol and high blood pressure."

There are studies that have proven omega-3 supplements are highly constructive when dealing with arthritis and rheumatism. Fish oil, which most consumers use to supplement their omega-3 intake, taken in high doses has shown to improve tender joints and helped patients that participated in the double-blind placebo-controlled perspective study found in the publication Arthritis & Rheumatism (Volume 38, issue 8 pg. 1107-1114, August 1995), to wean themselves off of anti-inflammatory nonsteroidal medications.

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