Posted: Jan 28, 2021 / 5:43 PM EST
Updated: Jan 28, 2021 / 5:43 PM EST
February is a heart month and a new chance to improve your eating habits.
However, if you are taking supplements to improve your heart health, new research suggests that there is a popular pill that can be crossed off your list.
It has long been believed that fish oil products containing the “good fats” of fish, despite previous FDA approval, improved heart health. Scientists at the Cleveland Clinic say new research has explored the benefits of prescription strength fish oil pills.
“This is a drug that is like fish oil that people buy over the counter, but much more effective. It contains more omega-3 fatty acids, which are the active ingredient in fish oil. “Said Dr. Steven Nissen, Chief Academic Officer of the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.
In a randomized study of 13,000 patients called the strength study, some participants were given high-dose omega-3 supplements daily, while others were given a placebo made from corn oil, which is used for cooking.
The researchers found that the prescription omega-3 fatty acid did not reduce cardiovascular events like a heart attack.
“It really is kind of a wake-up call to see a study like this where the most effective prescription-grade fish oil did not have any beneficial effects.” Said Dr. Nits.
In fact, the strength study showed a 69% increase in atrial fibrillation in the group taking the high-dose omega-3 fatty acids.
Scientists say the results suggest these products should be subject to additional review.