War of words over fish oil study branded 'fake science'

Cochrane review says omega-3 fatty acids have no benefit in cardiovascular disease

A war of words has erupted over the recent Cochrane review on fish oil supplements that concluded the supplements had no benefit in cardiovascular disease.

The widely reported analysis of 79 randomised controlled trials covering more than 112,000 people shows that increasing omega-3 fatty acid intake from supplements or food has little or no effect in the primary or secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and does not reduce all-cause mortality.

However, leading cardiologist Dr David Colquhoun, a board member of the National Heart Foundation of Australia, has labelled the findings “fake science”.

In an article entitled 'Cochrane review debunked as fake science', published on supplement&nbsp