Meta Analysis is a term that refers to a study that develops conclusions by combining the data and results from several studies. By employing statistical methods that are valid, the researchers essentially create new conclusions from a variety of data from different studies.
The recent study of Omega-3 Fatty Acids is one such study. This concluded that Omega-3’s are not effective in preventing heart disease.
Omega-3 fatty acids are the good fats found in fish and vitamin purveyors like to isolate those fats and provide them in a supplement that they claim will provide all the benefits of a cold-water fish diet. This study debunks that myth and suggests that a diet high in fish is good for the heart, but the straight supplement is not.
You will be seeing more and more reports of Meta Analysis….a powerful method of finding hidden data in multiple small studies.
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