Heart DiseaseOmega-3 Fatty Acids

Best source of omega-3 fatty acids for heart health

People with known coronary heart disease should consume at least 1 gram daily of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.

Researchers from the University of Missouri-Kansas City ask whether taking supplements provide the same benefits as eating fatty fish?

Which is the best source of omega-3 fatty acids-fish or fish-oil supplements?

  • The argument that eating fish is better than taking supplements stems from the fact that important nutrients (vitamin D, selenium, and antioxidants) are missing from the supplements.
  • 3 major studies clearly indicate that omega-3 fatty acid capsules confer cardiovascular benefits.

The bottom line?

The authors conclude that with respect to heart health, both fatty fish and omega-3 supplements protect against coronary heart disease.

1/29/10 18:15 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.