Necessity of Fish Oil Supplements Debated

The jury may still be out on whether you need a supplement for fish oil.

“Some people take it for its beauty benefits,” she added.

“From 2005 to 2012, at least two dozen rigorous studies of fish oil were published in leading medical journals…All but two of these studies found that compared with a placebo, fish oil showed no benefit,” the newspaper reported in a March 30th article.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association, a trade association, countered those findings in a statement to ABC News, saying, “There is a strong body of evidence that supports the benefits of supplements such as fish oil in several areas.”

ABC News' Chief Health and Medical Editor, Dr. Richard Besser, says that the "jury is still out" on whether fish oil supplements really work.

"They found that Eskimos in Greenland had very low rates of heart disease and when they looked at what they ate, they ate a lot of fish...that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids," Besser said. "So they figured, well, maybe this will prevent heart attacks."

"So they did a study [and] the first study showed some benefits but other studies haven’t showed those benefits," he said. "Another question is, if you take the Omega-3s out of the fish and just take them as a supplement, do you still get that same benefit?"