‘A compelling story’: Meta-analysis supports omega-3s for heart disease risk reduction

EPA and DHA omega-3s from food and supplements may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), according to results of a new meta-analysis.

Data from 18 randomized clinical trials (RCTs) indicated that EPA and DHA were associated with a non-statistically significant 6% risk reduction in CHD among all populations, while the risk reduction increased to a statistically significant 18% when data from 16 prospective cohort studies was assessed.

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Mediterranean diet better for the heart than taking statins, major study suggests

New research suggests that eating a Mediterranean diet may prolong the lives of heart patients.

“Adherence to the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of overall mortality, not only in the general population — which is already known, but in patients who already suffered a heart attack,” said study researcher Dr. Giovanni de Gaetano. He is head of the department of epidemiology and prevention at the I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed Institute in Pozzilli, Italy. Continue reading “Mediterranean diet better for the heart than taking statins, major study suggests”

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Reduce Risk of Fatal Heart Attack

Consuming  omega-3 fatty acids may significantly lower your risk of dying from a heartattack, according to the most thorough study to date on this contested nutritional topic.

Previous research on fish oil supplements and other sources of omega-3 fatty acids has shown mixed results, with some studies revealing heart-healthy benefits and others finding no benefit at all.

The latest research, reported on June 27 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, was the largest of its kind to measure the actual levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the participants’ blood, as opposed to relying on questionnaires in which people report what they eat. Results based on diet questionnaires are prone to error as a result of people’s faulty memory or exaggeration. Continue reading “Omega-3 Fatty Acids Reduce Risk of Fatal Heart Attack”