Fish oil may not benefit patients with multiple sclerosis

The Washington Post “The Checkup” blog reports, “If you’re among the estimated one-third of people with multiple sclerosis who take omega-3 fatty-acid supplements (such as fish oil) to slow the disease’s progress, you may be disappointed in the findings of a study published” in the Archives of Neurology.

HealthDay reports that investigators “looked at 92 MS patients, aged 18 to 55, with a form of the disease known as relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.” Fifty percent of the participants “were given the supplement alone or the supplement plus injections of interferon beta-1a,” while the remaining participants were given a placebo. Then, “after six months, all patients were given interferon beta-1a three times a week for an additional 18 months.”

MedPage Today reports that the researchers found that “supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids had no effect on the number of brain lesions seen on MRI over two years compared with placebo.”

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