Supplements Have No Benefit in Reducing Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Elderly with Macular Degeneration

According to a new study in JAMA, supplements have no benefit in reducing risk of cardiovascular disease in the elderly with macular degeneration. Daily dietary supplements of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (also found in fish) or lutein and zeaxanthin (nutrients found in green leafy vegetables) were not associated with reduced risk for cardiovascular disease . According to researchers, diet studies have suggested that increased intake of fish, a source of omega (ìä)-3 fatty acids, can reduce rates of cardiac death, death from all other causes and heart attack. However, the evidence that taking dietary supplements containing those fatty acids has been inconsistent and has suggested no reduction in CVD events. They wanted to particularly study the impact for those with the eye disease. 4,203 individuals were randomized to take supplements. The supplements were added to vitamins and minerals recommended for macular degeneration and given to the participants, who were primarily white, married and highly educated with a median age of 74 years at baseline. There was no reduction in CVD (heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular death) or secondary CVD outcomes (hospitalized heart failure, revascularization or unstable angina) among patients taking the supplements. Supplements have always been a touchy topic. My wife and I had our metabolism checked several years ago and went on a number of supplements and lost 30 pounds. Off the supplements I have gained a bunch back. Personally I rather be putting fewer unknown substances in my body. Check with your health professional if you are thinking about supplementation.