Recent research findings have ended the myth about the healing power of Vitamin D and fish oil supplements for cancer.
Both vitamin D and fish oil reduce the likelihood of strokes or cancer in the first place in the trial, with participants not knowing whether they took real supplements or dummy pills. The researchers found that both healthy people and people who have heart problems benefit when they consume omega 3 fatty acids.
Going forward, VITAL plans to conduct more research to assess the risks and benefits of vitamin D and Omega-3 fish oil in the prevention of other diseases including diabetes, blood pressure, memory loss, and depression. He suggested that people talk to their health care providers before they started taking fish oil supplements. "In terms of omega 3s, the best thing to do is try to have more fish food," Manson said. Updates are now being discussed by relevant health organizations.
In the second experiment, "VITAL", the researchers used 26 thousand people, who every day took one gram of medicine containing eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acid. Participants do not have a history of heart problems. Black people who take fish oil are 77 percent less likely to have a heart attack.
"The good news is that both fish oil and vitamin D are safe – there is no danger – but also no benefit," Dr. Nissen. They are able to reduce the risk of all cardiovascular events by 19 percent.
At present, statin therapy is recommended for patients who have a heart attack, while a review of cholesterol levels after three months and adjustment of statin therapy after this period is also recommended.
"If that can be confirmed in a follow-up study, then it could show a very promising approach to reducing health inequalities," Manson said. Most previous studies focused on volunteers with an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and / or cancer. Vitamin D has no effect on heart disease, but affects the reduction in mortality from cancer. "This is a very important and impressive session".
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In the REDUCE-IT trial, another research team at Brigham and Women's Hospital tested the benefits of a form of pure and stable omega-3 fatty acids known as EPA.
One study tested 4 grams a day Amarin Corp Vascepa recipe, which concentrated EPA, in more than 8,000 patients with high triglycerides and a greater risk of heart problems for various reasons.
"This is disappointing, but there is always a very high expectation that vitamin D can do all these different things," Dr. Clifford J. Rosen from the Maine Medical Center Research Institute in Scarborough, who is one of the authors of an editorial on studies in The New England Journal of Medicine.
People who are interested in taking fish oil supplements should discuss it with their doctors first, said Dr. Helene Glassberg, a professor of clinical cardiovascular medicine at Penn Medicine University of Pennsylvania.
But he did not see his study completely negative. This is a purified variant of the fish oil component, which is intended for triglycerides, another type of fat in the blood.
"We need to increase the number of fish in the diet, to have at least two servings a week".