According a recent study, the health benefits of fish oil supplements are hazy at best. Therefore, it remains unclear whether or not these are effective.
The matter of fish oil supplement efficacy is one that scientists cannot seem to make a decision on, as they always seem to switch their standpoint on whether or not it is truly efficient to take these supplements.
Fish oil is extremely rich in omega-3 fatty acids and therefore it is said to have a wide range of beneficial effects on various organs. Its wondrous effects range from making skin and hair stronger and healthier all the way to preventing heart disease.
Therefore, these supplements get prescribed extremely often for a variety of different reasons. Furthermore, a great many people decide on their very own to start a fish-oil treatment plan and provide the over the counter medication themselves.
In the end it becomes rather difficult to map the specific efficacy of these supplements, because a significant amount of issues regarding the correctness of the administration of the drug arise. This is a common occurrence regarding supplements, because people generally tend to be less attentive when it comes to the correct time when they should take their supplements.
A scientific analysis which was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine last year concludes that ever so often, the efficacy of the fish oil supplements is rather hazy, as it only proves to be helpful in part of the situations that are presented as its target points.
This scientific review was based on comprehensive data from 24 previous studies regarding the effects of fish oil, that employed randomized trials as their testing methods.
The findings of the study suggest that these supplements are neither helpful, nor useless, because the data has proven to be insufficient to fully support one side of the matter.
It seems that even the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is ambivalent on the matter, as its website included articles that both supported taking the fish oil and that advised against it, according to the Washington Post. It remains unclear if this was a mere technical glitch, but the NIH has yet to issue a clear position on the matter.
The New York Times reports that next next a comprehensive study on the matter of fish oil will be completed. It will utilize data from 26.000 people that will have been part of the study for 5 years, in order to get more solid information regarding the full extent of benefits associated with fish oil intake.
Until then, everybody must make their own decisions, considering the existent data. Since the placebo effect is a very powerful phenomenon, it should be noted that as long as the recipient of the supplements believes that their effects are helpful to him or her, they just might end up being so.
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