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Taking fish oil supplements may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, according to a new study.

Among healthy people, Regular intake of fish oil For the first time, research has found that it can increase the risk of developing heart disease and stroke.

However, in people with heart disease, taking fish oil has been shown to slow its progression. Cardiovascular disease Reduces the risk of death.

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The researchers analysed nearly 12 years’ worth of data from more than 415,000 participants in the UK Biobank study, whose ages ranged from 40 to 69.

“Regular intake of fish oil supplements may be a risk factor for atrial fibrillation and stroke in the general population but may be beneficial in preventing the cardiovascular progression from atrial fibrillation to major cardiovascular disease and from atrial fibrillation to death,” the researchers wrote in their study published in the BMJ.

Taking fish oil supplements may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke in certain people, according to a new study. (iStock)

“Further studies are needed to clarify the exact mechanisms behind the development and prognosis of cardiovascular disease when fish oil supplements are taken regularly.”

Study highlights ‘uncertainty’, cardiologist says

Dr. Jim Liu, a cardiologist at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center who was not involved in the study, noted that there is conflicting data on whether fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

“This is yet another study that reminds us that there is still a lot to be explored when it comes to fish oil and heart disease.”

“This study seems to reflect the same sentiment that there is still uncertainty about those relationships. Heart Health” he told Fox News Digital.

“It’s similar to Previous research“I think this study shows that fish oil is not necessarily universally good or bad for everyone.”

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Whether fish oil is beneficial or harmful depends on a person’s specific health conditions, such as a history of heart attacks or atrial fibrillation, as well as other factors such as different dosages and combinations of substances, he said.

Fish oil tablets

“Further research is needed to clarify the exact mechanisms by which regular intake of fish oil supplements may affect the development and prognosis of cardiovascular disease,” the authors of the new study write. (iStock)

“Previous studies have shown that certain combinations of fish oil can help reduce cardiovascular disease in people with high triglyceride levels and a history of cardiovascular disease,” Liu noted.

“Overall, this is another study that reminds us that there is still a lot to be explored when it comes to fish oil and heart disease.”

Nutritionists weigh risks and benefits

Tanya Freilich, a registered dietitian who goes by The Lupus Dietitian in Charlotte, North Carolina, was not involved in the study but offered insight.

“In this study, Healthy People “Although there was a lower proportion of people who took fish oil who developed atrial fibrillation or stroke, there was a slightly reduced association and risk of developing atrial fibrillation or stroke in people who took fish oil after being diagnosed with cardiovascular disease,” she told Fox News Digital.

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“Overall, this is a prospective study, so I would say take the results with a pinch of salt.”

Prospective studies, she noted, monitor people’s self-reported health and how it changes over time, while controlled studies split similar people into two groups, one of which takes fish oil and the other doesn’t.

“We don’t know the population of healthy participants or why they decided to take fish oil,” Freilich said.

Woman eating salmon

Registered dietitians recommend that most people get their omega-3s from foods like salmon, sardines, tuna, ground flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, and almonds. (iStock)

“Perhaps they have a family history of heart disease or have other lifestyle habits that contribute to their risk of developing heart disease.” Atrial fibrillation and stroke Other than fish oil supplements.”

Freilich, the registered dietitian, recommends that most people take omega-3s. Food Sources Salmon, sardines, tuna, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, walnuts, almonds, etc.

“Small changes to your diet can make a big difference in reducing your overall cardiovascular disease risk.”

“Many people don’t get enough omega-3 fatty acids in their diet, so this is a great way to get some healthy fats in while still benefiting from a source of protein and fiber,” she said.

When preparing your meals, swapping red meat for oily fish can help promote heart health by reducing saturated fat intake and increasing omega-3 intake, Freilich says.

A woman taking supplements

“Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about supplement use, as some supplements are unnecessary or may increase the risk of poor health,” one expert says. (iStock)

“make Make small changes to your diet In the long term, this could have significant benefits in reducing your overall cardiovascular disease risk,” she advised.

“Always consult with your doctor before using supplements. Healthcare ProvidersSome of them are unnecessary and may increase the risk of poor health.”

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Michelle Luzenstein, a New York-based preventive cardiac nutritionist at EntirelyNourished.com, agreed that previous studies have shown that taking large amounts of fish oil supplements may increase the risk of atrial fibrillation, while regularly consuming four to five servings of oily fish per week may lower that risk.

Cardiologist and patient

To determine the potential benefits of fish oil and appropriate dosages, experts recommend consulting with a registered dietitian who specializes in cardiology. (iStock)

“We need to recognize that when it comes to fish oil, and many other foods and supplements, more is not always better,” Luzenstein, who was not involved in the study, told Fox News Digital.

“It’s also important to keep in mind that not all fish oil supplements are created equal. Factors like dosage, quality and additional ingredients can have cardiovascular effects. Health outcomes

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To determine the potential benefits of fish oil and the appropriate dosage to take, Dr. Roosenstein recommended consulting with a registered dietitian who specializes in cardiology.

Fox News Digital has reached out to the study researchers for more information and also asked several fish oil supplement manufacturers for comment on the findings.

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