Fish oil - a matter of the heart

It pays off to take prophylactic measures using natural remedies such as fish oil, says the Chairman of the Vitality Council, Claus Hancke, M.D.

The fatty acids of fish oil can prevent cardiac disease in elderly individuals. Quite a number of consumers and doctors have good experiences with this, but now it has also been confirmed in a study that was recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The study involved 360 people of 65 years of age and the researchers concluded that having a high concentration of the fatty acids DHA and EPA in the blood is related to a reduced risk of dying of coronary thrombosis.

- Here is once again a good example that it pays off to use natural remedies such as fish oil to prevent serious diseases, says the Chairman of the Vitality Council, Claus Hancke, M.D.

- Fish oil reduces the risk of both blood clots and atherosclerosis so there is plenty of good sense in taking fish oil; particularly if you do not eat very much fish.

- Unfortunately, study results of this kind get far too little attention. On the contrary, we are often being told that dietary supplements are completely useless. Consumers will therefore find it very hard to know what to think.

- For this reason, I believe that sober information on dietary supplements such as fish oil would be an obvious task for a future council for exercise and nutrition, says Claus Hancke, specialist doctor in general medicine and daily leader of the Institute of Orthomolecular Medicine in Lyngby, Denmark.

Today, science knows very little about the connection between cardiac diseases in elderly people and the body's content of these fatty acids which is why doctors who work with orthomolecular medicine (popularly speaking: biological medicine) welcome studies like this one.


American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 77, No. 2, 319-325, February 2003