Omega-3's passed their prime?

Journalists have been questioning the power of omega-3's after a smattering of published research, but scientists say it's not the potential of the fatty acids that have changed.

Perhaps bored now that the royal baby is born, Charlie Sheen's handler's have successfully kept him muzzled for a while and Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign has reached a lame anti-climax, some members of the media have declared the end of the era of omega-3's.

A smattering of reports describing the lack of benefits in cardiovascular disease from supplemental EPA and DHA, the long chain omega-3's found in seafood, didn't help, according to this months' editorial in the PUFA Newsletter.

"Have omega-3s fallen into the dustbin of failed nutrient supplements?" writes the newsletter's editor, Joyce A. Nettleton.

Fear not, fatty acid acid fans. The omega's are still mighty. It's heart hearth care that's changed dramatically in the past decade with "more effective medication, particularly statins, widely used, and changes in the standard of care contributing to a decline in deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke. It has been suggested that statins mask the effects of omega-3 fatty acids, so there is more to learn on that score," writes Nettleton.

"Further, populations that once ate little seafood have increased their fish consumption, leaving fewer at-risk patients with deficits of omega-3s," says Nettleton, who indicates upcoming related research. Additionally, the ability to make omega-3 health claims varies from nation to nation

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