Yet another study connects fish oil with heart health

  • May-24-2013
  • Richard Reich
fish oil and heart health

Often associated with the long-term betterment of personal health, fish oil – which contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids – appears to have been justified even further by a new study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health.

The Endocrine Society, a U.S.-based organization that funds medical research, reported in a press release that investigators at Harvard pored over data from a number of clinical trials that focused on the effects of fish oil. Hundreds of participants consumed fish oil tablets on a daily basis, and the researchers found evidence that those who did exhibited fewer signs of diabetes and heart disease.

The key behind the benefit appears to be a hormone known as adiponectin. This compound helps to boost the metabolism in the body while also reducing inflammation levels, the latter of which is a risk factor for conditions such as cancer. The team noted higher amounts of the hormone in participants who were regularly taking the fish oil supplements.

“While prior animal studies found fish oil increased circulating adiponectin, whether similar effects apply in humans is not established,” Jason Wu, the lead author of the study, said in a statement. “By reviewing evidence from existing randomized clinical trials, we found that fish oil supplementation caused modest increases in adiponectin in the blood of humans.”

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