Study: Fish Oil Supplements Not as Effective as Eating Fish
People take fish oil supplements to get the same health benefits as eating fish, but a new study says it doesn’t work that way.
Researchers from a Greek hospital looked at 20 studies on heart health from almost 70,000 patients. They say, overall, people who took fish oil supplements died of heart disease or stroke at the same rate as anybody else.
Eating actual fish did seem to help. People who eat fish twice a week are less likely to heave heart disease.
It’s not clear why getting Omega-3s in food and not pills makes a difference. One theory is that the body absorbs Omega-3s from actual fish in a different way.