Fish oil supplements may increase risk of stroke, heart issues among people in good cardiovascular health: Study

Fish oil is derived from fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and trout and is often recommended for its anti-inflammatory effects, especially in people with cardiovascular disease (CVD), high blood pressure, abnormal lipids, and rheumatoid arthritis.
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Fish oil supplements may increase, not reduce, the risk of first-time stroke and atrial fibrillation among people in good cardiovascular health, a new study reveals

For people without heart issues, regular use of fish oil supplements was associated with a 13% higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation and a 5% heightened risk of having a stroke, according to the study, published Tuesday in the journal BMJ Medicine.

However, the new study found that people with existing heart disease at the beginning of the research had a 15% lower risk of progressing from atrial fibrillation to a heart attack and a 9% lower risk of progressing from heart failure to death when they regularly used fish oil, CNN reported.

Over-the-counter fish oil suffers from a lack of purity and consistency, as well as the potential contaminants and heavy metals such as mercury that come with fish, Dr. Andrew Freeman, director of cardiovascular prevention and wellness at National Jewish Health in Denver has been quoted as saying by the CNN.

“If you are healthy and you seek to use fish oil capsules for preventing heart disease, it might be better to think over your decision,” Dr. Sarah Bonza, a board certified family physician and founder of Bonza Health in Columbus, Ohio, has been quoted as saying by Healthline, an American website which provides information on Health.

Bonza said she would recommend supplementing with flaxseed oil or chia seeds instead of fish oil due to their high alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) content. This is a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid, she explained.

“Also, the diet that contains omega-3s in the form of nuts, soy products, and fortified food will provide the same benefits without high-dose supplements,” she added.

Fish oil is derived from fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and trout and is often recommended for its anti-inflammatory effects, especially in people with cardiovascular disease (CVD), high blood pressure, abnormal lipids, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Fatty fish are a great source of two omega-3 fatty acids that the human body needs but cannot make for itself: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

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