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Why do people take omega-3 fatty acids?

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Studies show omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil are associated with a lowered risk of high blood pressure and triglyceride levels. There's also some evidence that diets high in omega-3 fatty acids help with rheumatoid arthritis. Past evidence pointed to omega-3 fatty acids reducing risk of heart attacks, strokes, and death from heart disease, but recent research has refuted some of these findings. More specific research is needed to sort this out.

Omega-3 fatty acids have been studied in many other conditions. They include asthma, cancer, depression, psoriasis, and inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. While some of these studies have been promising, they're still inconclusive.

From: Omega-3 Fatty Acids WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Heart Association: "Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids: AHA Recommendation," "Fish Consumption, Fish Oil, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and Cardiovascular Disease." Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Natural Marketing Institute's 2007 Health & Wellness Trends Database. Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids." Office of Dietary Supplements: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Health."




The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Standard: "Omega-3 fatty acids, fish oils and alpha-linolenic acid."

JAMA . 2012; 308:1024-1033.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 18, 2017

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SOURCES: American Heart Association: "Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids: AHA Recommendation," "Fish Consumption, Fish Oil, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and Cardiovascular Disease." Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Natural Marketing Institute's 2007 Health & Wellness Trends Database. Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids." Office of Dietary Supplements: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Health."




The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Standard: "Omega-3 fatty acids, fish oils and alpha-linolenic acid."

JAMA . 2012; 308:1024-1033.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 18, 2017

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