Study under review: Marine Omega-3 Supplementation and Cardiovascular Disease: An Updated Meta-Analysis of 13 Randomized Controlled Trials Involving 127 477 Participants.
NERD #42, “A fishy relationship between omega-3 fatty acids and heart health” covered a 2018 meta-analysis that examined the possible cardiovascular benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. That meta-analysis had several strengths: it was preregistered and aimed to collect the best evidence by only looking at larger, long term studies. And, it pretty much found no effect. However, three very large, long term trials looking at omega-3s’ ability to reduce cardiovascular disease risk have been published since then. The study under review aimed to update the 2018 meta-analysis with these three studies to determine if they change anything.
Other Articles in Issue #61 (November 2019)
NERD Mini: Can exercising help alleviate primary dysmenorrhea?
We summarize the main take-aways from a recent Cochrane review exploring exercise's effects on primary dysmenorrhea.
Cutting through liver fat with citrus
Hesperidin, a compound found in the peels of citrus fruits, has shown promising results in rats for improving fatty liver. This trial put hesperidin to the test in people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
Rate of weight loss and body composition: does “slow and steady” win the race?
More severe energy restriction usually leads to higher amounts of weight loss, but it could also lead to a higher proportion of muscle or bone loss. This study explored the effects of the rate of weight loss in postmenopausal women.
Investigating the effects of eating every other day on body composition and aging-related factors
The effects of alternate-day fasting haven't been well-explored in metabolically healthy people without obesity. This study aimed to help fill that gap.
Investigating dairy to improve insulin resistance
This meta-analysis suggests that dairy intake can help curb insulin resistance and shrink waistlines a little. But "dairy" is a pretty wide-ranging category...
Pro-bono: protein for bone retention
When people say they want to lose weight, they usually mean losing the weight from fat. However, weight loss can also lead to bone loss. This study explored whether high-protein diets can help retain bone.
NERD Mini: Nutrient supplements for mental health disorders
We summarize key takeaways from a recent umbrella review that explored how useful nutrient supplementation is for a variety of mental health issues.