Fish oils containing omega-3 are promoted as healthy foods that can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. So, it follows that omega-3 supplements should have the same beneficial effect. It is odd then, that a large review of studies has not found any benefit to health of omega-3 supplements. Similar studies have also failed to find any benefit to health of multivitamin supplements.

Are we wasting our money on such supplements?

Food is a complex nutrition and splitting it up into its individual elements and taking these as supplements is not always a good idea as the supplements may not behave the same in isolation. For example, some supplements (and vitamins such as vitamins A,D,E and K) are fat soluble and fats and oils help them get into the body. These fats and oils can be provided by the food we eat, so taking the supplement in isolation may not be such a good idea.

Most people on a healthy, diverse diet already get enough of the vitamins and minerals that they require and supplementing these will not show a beneficial effect. This is why vivheart does not sell multivitamins, multiminerals or omega-3 oil. One exception is vitamin D, which is not easily supplied by food and which many people are deficient in. For this reason, we include vitamin D in our Healthy Heart and Healthy Body supplements.

The review on omega-3 supplements can be found at: DOI 10.1002/14651858.CD003177.pub4