Study: No heart benefit from fish oil

Millions of Americans choke down large fish oil supplements every day, coughing up more than $1 billion a year, based on the belief that the pills can help prevent heart disease.

Now a large review of research shows no overall heart benefit to taking Omega-3 fatty acid, or fish oil supplements.

There was a small reduced risk for heart-related deaths, but researchers said it wasn’t significant.

Other forms of heart disease prevention have been well documented.

“Eating healthfully, exercising is really so much more important than supplement,” said Elisabetta Politi, a registered dietitian with the Duke Diet and Fitness center.

According to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, nearly a quarter of all U.S. adults take fish oil pills.

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