FISH OIL SUPPLEMENTS
Perhaps you take fish oil supplements, pills that are advertised as lowering risk for heart disease. A source of omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil became popular when researchers found that some groups of people with a high percentage of fish in their diet had lower rates of heart disease than other groups. But do fish oil supplements really reduce your risk of heart disease?
Scientists aren’t so sure. The link between omega-3 fatty acids and heart health is under question, and research into daily fish oil supplements up to 1,800 mg found no significant link between the pills and heart disease. Some fish are also higher in contaminants such as mercury than plant sources of omega-3s, prompting some concern over fish consumption. If you’re looking to boost your heart health, consider regular exercise and a healthy diet low in sodium instead of or in addition to adding supplements.