Eating Fish Still Best Bet
A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that patients with a history of heart attack who eat an omega-3 enriched margarine in addition to their standard prescription drugs have no statistical difference in their chances of having a repeat attack. The study, conducted in the Netherlands, randomly assigned 4,837 heart attack patients to eat one of four kinds of margarine - one regular and three with varying sources of omega 3 fatty acids. There was no difference between the groups of patients, regardless of the type of margarine eaten. Omega 3 fatty acids are thought to reduce the risk of heart attack by preventing abnormal heartbeat, slowing the growth of plaques that clog the arteries, and by lowering triglyceride levels.