Heart specialists change advice on fish oil

Experts in cardiology, nutrition and cardiovascular disease from the Baker IDI, CSIRO and NHMRC reviewed the latest evidence on the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids supplementation, finding that contrary to current national recommendations, daily fish oil offers no benefit for primary or secondary prevention of coronary heart disease.

However, dietary intake of fish was consistently found to be of benefit for protection against heart disease and stroke.

According to the researchers, higher fish intake was associated with lower incident rates of heart failure in addition to lower sudden cardiac death, stroke and myocardial infarction, supporting greater consumption of fish.

However, the researchers acknowledged that supplements would provide people who don’t eat fish with some level of marine-sourced omega-3s, stating they were beneficial in treating people with high triglycerides and preventing heart failure in people who have already

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