Fish oil supplements don't help heart, researchers say

September 12, 2012 9:27:43 AM PDT
Millions of people take fish oil supplements hoping for the healthy heart benefit. But a new study suggests those pills with omega-3 fatty acid don't deliver on their promise.

Researchers looked at 20 studies on heart health -- almost 70,000 patients. They found that people who took fish oil supplements died of heart disease or stroke at the same rate as anybody else.

The study found people eating fish twice a week are less likely to have heart disease, suggesting the body absorbs omega-3s from fish in a different way than supplements.