Fish oil may benefit heart failure patients



Omega-3 fish oil, which is found in oily fish such as salmon and tuna, may help patients with chronic heart failure, new research has shown.

Researchers in Italy gave a daily omega-3 supplement to nearly 3,500 patients and a placebo (dummy pill) to a similar number of volunteers.

They found that patients who increased their intake of omega-3 were slightly less likely to die than those who took placebo pills.

According to experts, a similar effect could be achieved simply by increasing consumption of oily fish.

Dr Richard Bonow, chief of cardiology at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago and a former president of the American Heart Association, told the Associated Press: "It's a small benefit, but we should always be emphasising to patients what they can do in terms of diet that might help."

UK health experts recommend that we eat a portion of oily fish every week; as well as omega-3, this provides proteins, vitamins and minerals.ADNFCR-858-ID-18761161-ADNFCR

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