Take fish oil, urges CMA


Complementary Medicines Australia is encouraging consumers to take fish oil

CMA issued a statement highlighting the protective qualities of omega-3 fish oils as well as the “large body” of evidence from clinical trials that show omega-3 fish oils contribute to positive health benefits.

“There is a large pool of research not to be ignored which provides evidence that omega-3 fatty acids are effective in lowering the incidence of coronary heart disease, stroke and heart attack, especially amongst those who have survived a heart attack and those with high blood cholesterol,” Carl Gibson, the organisation’s CEO, says.

“Research continues to build upon the evidence base supporting the use of omega-3 supplements for health benefits.

“Just recently, CMA welcomed the results of a study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine that found the use of omega-3 supplements during the third trimester of pregnancy may reduce the risk of children developing persistent asthma or wheezing and infections of the lower respiratory tract.

“In other research, omega-3 fish oils have been associated with health benefits for conditions ranging from joint health, arthritis and osteoporosis, to eye health, prevention of cognitive decline, and skin conditions such as psoriasis.

“Statistics taken from the 2011-2012 National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey indicate than only 20% of Australians obtain an optimal omega-3 intake and only 10% of women of childbearing age meet the recommended intake of DHA,” says Mr Gibson.

CMA says it strongly advocates the use of a high quality fish oil supplement to ensure that the intake amount and efficacy is assured, and advocates consumers in following instructions and dosage guidance on labels, as with any medication, and to seek advice from a healthcare provider.

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