The road to medical advice is paved in studies. We have one from last year about a popular supplement used to promote health during pregnancy that shows that taking more of something doesn’t necessarily lead to better results. Medical Xpress reports.
5500 women in Australia were involved in a study to see if high doses of omega-3 fatty acid supplements reduced premature births. The women were randomly divided into two groups. One group got omega-3 supplements and the other got vegetable oil.
The researchers wanted to see if high doses of omega-3 oils would cut premature birth across the board, regardless of birth risks or existing omega-3 levels. Previous studies had suggested that omega-3 supplements could prevent premature birth.
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The study showed that higher doses did not significantly reduce the chances of premature birth in the population. That has led the researchers to conclude that a better approach would be to find out which women have low omega-3 levels and target them for supplementation. Women who already have good levels do not seem to benefit from taking more.
We have to trust doctors to give us the best medical advice they can to prevent serious issues like premature birth. Knowing about studies like this can help patients talk with their doctors in an informed way so they can be a full participant in their health outcomes.