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Fish Oil is Better Than Drugs for Preventing Heart Failure

Fish oil supplements appear to work better than a popular cholesterol-reducing drug to help patients with chronic heart failure, according to recently released research.

Researchers gave nearly 3,500 patients a daily omega-3 pill derived from fish oils. Roughly the same number of patients were given placebo pills. Over a four-year period, fewer patients in the group taking the fish oil pills died of heart failure or were admitted to the hospital with the problem.

In a parallel study, the researchers gave nearly 2,300 patients the cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor and another group of close to 2,300 patients placebo pills. After four years, there was little difference in heart failure rates between the groups, but when the two studies were compared they found that fish oil is slightly more effective than Crestor because the oil performed better against a placebo than the drug did. 

Chronic heart failure is a condition that occurs when the heart becomes enlarged and cannot pump blood efficiently around the body. Omega-3 fats have long been proven to offer health benefits such as protecting the heart and brain.

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Preventing Heart Failure: Fish Oil? Time Health and Science August 31, 2008 Download this article

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Fish oil may help combat chronic heart failure, study finds - The Canadian Press - CBC News September 1, 2008

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Fish oil supplements may help heart failure patients - British Cardiovascular Society 02 September 2008

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Omega-3 - The American Heart Association had been reporting the benefits of omega-3 since 1996. The Science Advisory report was titled "Fish Consumption, Fish Oil, Lipids and Coronary Heart Disease". Then in 2002, the AHA released a new report indicating how omega-3 reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Fish Oil During Pregnancy Associated with Lower Asthma Incidence During Childhood - Dr. Ladd McNamara's review of an article from  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 2008

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USANA’s BiOmega™ Fish Oil Supplement Approved by ConsumerLab.com - June 17, 2008 - ConsumerLab.com reviewed BiOmega as part of a larger evaluation of dietary supplements sold in the United States that claim to contain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA). Products were tested for their omega-3 levels; mercury, lead and PCB contamination; and signs of decomposition. BiOmega received an approved rating in all three testing categories.
 

Footnotes:

bulletSource: Fish Oil is Better Than Drugs for Preventing Heart Failure - Mercola.com Take Control of your Health

 

 

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