Study: Omega-3 Margarines do not reduce Heart Attack risk

Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that is found naturally in fish (such as salmon or tuna) and walnuts and soybeans. Recently, omega-3 has been added to foods such as margarine and eggs in an effort to bolster the foods’ heart health capabilities. But this has not proven to be as effective as the real thing.

From Red Orbit:

“A new study has shown that patients with a history of heart attacks who eat omega-3 enriched margarine in addition to their standard prescription drugs appear to have no difference in their chances of having a repeat attack than using drugs alone.

A 40-month study of more than 4,800 patients between 60 and 80 years old showed that receiving low doses of omega-3 fatty acids in margarine did not greatly reduce rates of serious heart attacks and other cardiovascular events, researchers said on Sunday.”

This does NOT mean that getting more omega-3 has no value. Multiple studies have shown that natural factors (mainly fish oil) reduce the chance of heart disease. It remains a good idea to eat one or two servings of fish per week.

For the full article on Red Orbit’s website, click here.

If you would like learn more about how to maintain a healthy heart or to talk with a physician about your potential heart risk factors visit Sherman’s Heart and Vascular Center.

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Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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3 Responses to Study: Omega-3 Margarines do not reduce Heart Attack risk

  1. Wouldn’t it be wiser simply to replace margarine altogether with extra virgin olive oil given the superior health benefits of extra virgin olive oil? If the issue is heart attacks, there is a great body of clinical research and scientific literature comparing European Mediterranean heart rates and American heart attack rate concluding that the Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil is key to the healthier result.

    Here is a quoted by Nicholas Perricone that I found at

    “Extra virgin olive oil is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods in existence. Though I cannot promise you an equally long life span [as the olive tree’s life span], I can assure you that you will look younger, think more clearly, be more active and, yes, extend your life if you incorporate extra virgin olive oil into your diet on a daily basis.”

    What is your take on olive oil?
    Gina L.

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  3. Gina,

    If you’re comparing extra virgin olive oil with margarine, I completely agree with you. E.V. olive oil controls LDL levels and raises HDL levels more effectively than any other vegetable oil, butter or margarine ever could.

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