(Reuters Health) – Many people with multiple sclerosis take fish oil pills with the hope of keeping neurological symptoms from getting worse, but a new study suggests the extra omega-3 fatty acids may not be doing them any good.
Because there is no effective cure for the autoimmune disease, many patients have turned to supplements that are known to affect the immune system and inflammation — and therefore could theoretically slow the progression of disease in the brain.
But so far, evidence that a supplement-boosted diet can help people with MS has been lacking. And the new data add to that skepticism, the report’s lead author said.
“We think this study proves that omega-3 has no beneficial effect on MS disease activity,” Dr. Oivind Torkildsen from Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway, told Reuters Health.
Based on the findings, he added, “We have stopped advising patients to take omega-3 supplements.”