Fish oil offers little benefit against cancer, may reduce heart disease

If you’re taking a fish oil supplement to improve your health, it may not be having as much of an effect as you think. Getty Images

(Nancy Schimelpfening/ Healthline) — According to researchers from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, supplementing with fish oil offers little to no benefit against cancer.

In fact, it seems to be associated with a slightly increased risk of one particular type of cancer: prostate.

However, a group of researchers from China and the United States found that habitual fish oil use was linked to lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) as well as death from all causes.

In addition, it seemed to provide a small benefit against CVD events among the general population.

Fish oil supplements contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for health. (…)

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