Katie Kilan has been taking fish oil supplements as part of her heart healthy program for 20 years.
She is hardly alone. The supplements are a source of Omega 3 fatty acid, which is know to be good for the heart. While sales exceed a billion dollars a year, studies have repeatedly differed on just how much fish oil helps.
The research out today combined 20 previous studies involving more than 68,000 patients since 1989. the analysis, by Greek scientists was published today in the journal of the American Medical Association,
Overall, the study concluded the supplements do neither neither harm nor good but it also showed that people taking Fish Oil supplements suffered nine per cent fewer heart deaths and 11 per cent fewer heart attacks. For several other factors sudden deaths, total deaths, and strokes the study found no significant difference.