December 6, 2011 |
In a Consumer Reports test of fish oil supplements, most passed muster but some didn't measure up on quality. Lab test results on 15 top brands analyzed for amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, disintegration, spoilage and contaminants. Researchers found that at least one sample from six brands didn't meet all the standards set. The results were released Tuesday and are available on newsstands. Over-the-counter fish oil supplements are extremely popular and used to treat heart disease, high blood pressure and psoriasis and a number of other ailments.
April 9, 2012 |
Omega-3 fatty acids don't help people with preexisting heart disease avoid future cardiovascular trouble, a new study has found. What does this mean for fish oils and our health? That's not clear. Here's what the study, reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine, did: Dr. Sang Mi Kwak and a team of S. Korean scientists looked at studies of people with existing heart disease who took EPA or DHA, the kinds of omega-3s found in fatty fish. (Another omega-3, ALA, is found in plant oils and slowly converts in the body to these other kinds.)
May 5, 2008 |
The products: All over the world -- Japan, the Arctic, Anaheim, wherever -- people who eat a lot of fish seem to enjoy unusual protection from heart disease. Not everyone can manage a plate of salmon or sashimi every night, but there's another option: fish oil capsules, the fatty extracts of anchovies, sardines or salmon poured into a package of gelatin. Fish oil is loaded with two omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid ( EPA). Studies in humans and animals suggest that these nutrients can help prevent blood clots, lower blood pressure and encourage healthy heart rhythms.
October 20, 2010 |
Claims touting a component of fish oil as a mood enhancer and a spur to infant brain development may be a bit fishy, a new study suggests. DHA, an increasingly common ingredient in prenatal vitamins and baby formula and taken as a supplement by pregnant women, failed to prevent postpartum depression or to enhance babies' cognitive development or language acquisition, a large study has shown. The finding, reported Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., casts new doubt on a dietary supplement whose promise as brain food has been aggressively marketed despite inconsistent results.
November 15, 2010 |
If you have been taking fish oil supplements in an effort to smooth out erratic heart beats caused by atrial fibrillation, you can save your money, researchers said Monday. The largest study of the supplements ever conducted showed that a prescription form of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids called Lovaza is worthless for treating atrial fibrillation, providing no benefit whatsoever. "This is data that we've needed sorely," Dr. Christine Albert of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, who was not involved in the study, said at a news conference.
February 2, 2011 |
Americans seem to be falling for fish oil supplements -- and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. A new survey suggests fish oil pills are the most popular dietary supplement in the country, even over multivitamins. Fish oil matters because it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, specifically DHA and EPA. If you've been paying attention (and the ConsumerLab.com survey indicates that you have), you know fish oil can help maintain a healthy heart and better brain function for starters.