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New research suggests fish oil may not benefit heart health as once thought

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Posted at 11:33 AM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 11:33:48-05

If you're taking fish oil supplements for your heart, you may want to think again.

New research suggests fish oil does not protect against heart problems after all.

Scientists from Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles tracked over 25,000 adults who took omega-3 fish oil supplements or a placebo for five years.

They found both groups had a similar risk of developing atrial fibrilation, an irregular heart rhythm that increases the risk of stroke and heart failure.

A second study from the Cleveland Clinic included 13,000 heart patients who took a high dose omega-3 supplement or a placebo.

The fish oil drug failed to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke and increased the risk of a-fib.