A recent report in the New York Times that fish oil might not lower your risk of heart attack and stroke touched off renewed discussion over the benefit of eating fish or supplements. The New York Times headline that “Fish Oil Claims Not Supported by Research,” could be misleading, some health advocates said. The studies that the Times looked at involved research on people who already had a history of heart disease or were at high risk for developing it, they said.
But what about the rest of us and our loved ones who do not have heart disease? Those omega-3 oils are beneficial and have been found to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, especially if taken along with an aspirin regiment, one researcher told Yahoo! News. In the article, University of Rochester Professor of Cardiology Robert C. Block advised, “If you don’t eat a lot of fish, it’s probably a good idea to take a fish oil supplement.”
In addition to keeping the heart healthy, other research has found that fish oil has helped reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. One large study found that elders who ate more fish or took fish oil had less brain shrinkage and cognitive decline than those who didn’t. Additionally, fish oil ,may be beneficial in reducing abnormal blood vessel growth which can lead to eye disease. Fish oil may also seem to help moderate depression in some people.
For optimal benefits, most nutritionists recommend that you skip the fried fish and substitute baked or grilled fish instead. Taking fish oil supplements — as millions of Americans do — is an easy way to make sure there are sufficient amounts of omega-3s circulating in your body to be helpful.