Fish oil supplements have long been touted as providing cardiovascular benefits.
Since the 80’s, physicians have been recommending that patients with heart disease eat 2 fish-containing meals per week or take fish oil supplements. However the majority of these studies were conducted prior to the advent of statins (Zocor, Lipitor, Crestor, etc).
A recent review published (in JAMA) looked at the ability of omega fatty acids (fish oil) to decrease your risk for having a heart attack, stroke or death. There was no evidence that fish oil helped prevent any of those things.
So, for now, continue to make healthy diet choices and take your statin if prescribed by your doctor. But, you may want to save your money and skip the fish oil supplements.
About Dr. Susan Szulc
Susan V. Szulc, MD, is a board-certified internist with Bon Secours Medical Associates at Virginia Beach. She received her bachelor of science in microbiology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. Dr. Szulc earned her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, Va., where she also completed a residency in internal medicine. Dr. Szulc is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians and American Medical Women’s Association. Dr. Szulc’s special interests include palliative care and hypertension.