Scientific paper recommends 500 mg of omega-3 daily

by Jeff Gelski
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BALTIMORE — People without underlying overt cardiovascular disease should consume at least 500 mg per day of two omega-3 fatty acids combined in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), according to a paper appearing in the Aug. 11 issue of the Journal of American College of Cardiology. People with known coronary heart disease should consume at least 800 mg to 1,000 mg combined of EPA and DHA per day.

The paper titled "Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Diseases" involved researchers from the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans and the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

According to the authors, the most compelling evidence for the cardiovascular benefits of omega-3 fatty acids comes from four controlled trials of nearly 40,000 participants randomized to receive EPA with or without DHA. The authors also discuss the evidence from retrospective epidemiologic studies and from randomized controlled trials.

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