British study finds few health perks from taking fish oil supplements

Authors encourage people to eat fish to get health benefits from omega-3

If you are popping omega-3 supplements to ward off cancer, a study by the University of Anglia has found the pills offer “little to no” benefit.

Researchers reported taking daily supplements will have no dramatic effect on a person’s health, positive or negative.

The experts said if 1,000 people consumed omega-3 in supplements for about four years, the actual effects on their health would be minimal.

Taking fish oil supplements has been claimed to help lower the risk of cancer, heart disease and dementia.

The research relates specifically to supplements, rather than omega-3 derived from fish, with the experts saying the latter is good for the heart, as well as general health.

It’s recommended people should eat at least two portions of fish per week, one of which should be fresh tuna, mackerel or salmon, considered oily fish, to get enough “good” fats.

The study was funded by the World Health Organization.

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