Summary of “New Research Shows Vitamin D And Fish Oil Supplements May Not Be Worth It”

New Research Shows Vitamin D And Fish Oil Supplements May Not Be Worth It : Shots – Health News After years of debate, a major government funded study failed to find any overall benefit of taking widely used supplements to protect against heart disease or cancer.
Many people routinely take nutritional supplements such as vitamin D and fish oil in the hopes of staving off major killers like cancer and heart disease.
“Overall, they showed that neither fish oil nor vitamin D actually lowered the incidence of heart disease or cancer,” Fine says.
One paper focused on vitamin D supplementation, and the other focused on fish oil.
Some of the participants took either 1 gram of fish oil – which contains omega-3 fatty acids – plus 2,000 international units of vitamin D daily.
Others consumed the same dose of vitamin D plus a placebo, while others ingested the same dose of fish oil plus a placebo.
Manson and her colleagues plan to further analyze their data and look for possible links between vitamin D and fish oil and cognitive function, autoimmune disease, respiratory infections and depression.
In the meantime, NIH official Lawrence Fine says, don’t throw out your fish oil and vitamin D. “At this point, if one is thinking about supplementation, either omega-3s or vitamin D, talking to your physician or health care provider is the next step,” Fine says.

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