Many U.S. Doctors Flat Out Ignore Omega-3 Benefits

Filed Under: Heart Health, Nutrients and Additives
Last Reviewed 06/29/2015

Many U.S. doctors flat out ignore omega-3 benefits, like those from natural fish oil supplements.

Learn why Dr. Sinatra believes more cardiologists should be telling their patients about the heart and general health benefits of omega-3. 

A few years back, I read a New York Times article about how most cardiologists fail to explain omega-3 benefits to their patients. The gist of the article was how in Europe fish oil is a heart health mainstay, but not in America. In fact, many U.S. doctors flat out ignore the many omega-3 benefits.

I’ve been recommending omega-3s for nearly 20 years. It is one nutrient I regard as absolutely essential for heart health and overall health in general. That’s because the omega-3 benefits—including DHA and EPA—contribute to health all over the body.

Here are Some of the Many Omega-3 Benefits

  • Promotes overall cardiovascular health and function

  • Supports normal blood pressure

  • Helps promote healthy blood vessels

  • Supports circulation, blood flow, and blood viscosity

  • Supports normal blood lipids

  • Promotes cognitive health and memory function

  • Supports eye health

  • Supports healthy lung function

  • Promotes bowel health

Wouldn’t you think every cardiologist would be interested in a supplement that creates these kinds of benefits without side effects? The Times article said that, in Europe, almost every patient with heart health concerns goes home with a recommendation to take omega-3s.

The Europeans have accepted the many omega-3 benefits because of the famous GISSI study conducted at multiple medical centers in Italy. The study showed huge heart health benefits from taking omega-3s. But in the U.S. many doctors still don’t tell patients about natural health boosters like omega-3s. 

Around the same time that the New York Times article was published, a medical journal reported on a survey taken among Washington State family physicians to determine the frequency with which they prescribed natural fish oil supplements. Fully 99 percent of them agreed on the importance of nutrition in promoting heart health, and 57 percent knew of fish oil’s effectiveness due to its omega-3 benefits. However, only 17 percent prescribed it to any significant degree!

What’s the bottom line for you? I highly recommend taking a good DHA omega-3 supplement—preferably one that’s higher in DHA than EPA—so you get the maximum omega-3 benefits for your heart, brain, vision, and more. The best one I’ve found is Calamarine®, which is an extract that comes from calamari, one of the natural sources of omega-3. One calamari oil benefit is its richness in DHA. It’s what I’ve included in my Omega Q Plus formulas

More Dr. Sinatra Advice on Omega-3 Benefits

Are you being robbed of omega-3 benefits? Discover which foods can deplete your body of omega-3 fatty acids.

What causes “fishy burps” and “repeating” with fish oil supplements? Learn why fish oil supplements can be tough on your digestive system and why squid can work better.

Is your omega-3 supplement giving you the right amount of DHA? See what the latest studies have to say about the importance of DHA omega-3 essential fatty acids for heart, eye, and brain health.



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