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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Omega-3, Other Supplements Cut Heart Disease Risk, Study Finds

MONDAY, April 29, 2013 — Supplements such as omega-3 capsules reduced heart disease risk when "prescribed" along with diet and lifestyle advice, according to a study published today. But it remains unclear how much and for whom the supplements help.

Researchers from Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto and the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre looked at 207 people, half of whom only received traditional care, such as cholesterol and blood pressure medications; half of whom received diet and lifestyle advice and naturopathic care as well, which included natural health products such as omega-3 fatty acids and coenzyme Q10.
After one year, the researchers found that those who received naturopathic treatment were at a 17 percent decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, based on their Framingham score — a scale that uses age, gender, cholesterol levels and blood pressure to determine the level of risk for cardiovascular disease.

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