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Fish Oil’s Heart Health Claims Called Into Question

Fish Oil’s Heart Health Claims Called Into Question


I’m Gabe Garza with today’s health news. Are
fish oil supplements all they’re cracked up to be? Maybe not. While previous studies have
found that fish oil contains properties that may benefit heart health, a new study found
that the heart-healthy molecules in fish oil supplements may not actually be easily digestible
by humans. Researchers wondered if those who consumed fish oil supplements would benefit
from heart-healthy molecules, otherwise known as specialized pro-resolving mediators or
SPMs. SPMs have been shown to calm inflammation, which can promote heart health. SPMs are found
in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are extracted from fish and are eventually turned into concentrated
fish oil supplements. Researchers found a lack of SPMs in the systems of study participants
who consumed high amounts of fish oil supplements. According to researchers, Omega-3s derived
from eating fish are more easily digested and absorbed in the body than those found
in supplements.

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