High purity omega-3 oil doesn’t work if you don’t take enough

On Aug. 29, the New England Journal of Medicine published an electronic article stating that giving supplements of EPA and DHA to people with a prior heart attack had no benefits on preventing future cardiovascular events (1). Of course, this article states the reason is that current drugs the patients are receiving are so good that adding extra high purity omega-3 oil is worthless, which of course made the national press. It sounded pretty fishy to me. First of all, this study was actually much smaller than the previously published studies (2,3) that had demonstrated striking benefits of omega-3 fatty acids on cardiovascular outcomes. The GISSI study demonstrated a 20-percent reduction in heart attacks and a 45 percent reduction in sudden cardiac death (2). The even larger JELIS study demonstrated a 20 percent reduction in cardiovascular events, and all the patients were taking statins.

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About Dr. Barry Sears

Dr. Barry Sears is a leading authority on the impact of the diet on hormonal response, genetic expression, and inflammation. A former research scientist at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Sears has dedicated his research efforts over the past 30 years to the study of lipids. He has published more than 30 scientific articles and holds 13 U.S. patents in the areas of intravenous drug delivery systems and hormonal regulation for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. He has also written 13 books, including the New York Times #1 best-seller "The Zone". These books have sold more than 5 million copies in the U.S. and have been translated into 22 different languages.

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