In new data on nearly 26,000 adults who were enrolled in a randomized trial that was looking at the benefits f – or lack – of taking vitamin D and omega-3 supplements (the latter are commonly called fish oils, although omega-3 is much more than just fish oil) on the eventual risk of developing cancer and cardiovascular disease, the researchers came up with what I think is a pretty great unexpected benefit.
After 5 years of follow-up, those people taking the supplements had a significantly lower risk (22 % for those taking vitamin D, 18 % for those taking omega-3) of developing an auto-immune disorder (AID) than those not taking the supplements.
If confirmed in more studies, this would be terrific news, because as one of the researchers says, “these are nontoxic, well-tolerated supplements, and there are no other known effective therapies to reduce the incidence of autoimmune diseases.”
And in case you’re wondering, as I did, which AIDs were noted in this study, the list, which you can easily see in the box the study provided, included rheumatic diseases, thyroid AIDs, as well as psoriasis, although there is no note about other AIDs such as Crohn’s disease, MS, or celiac disease (the one that for purely selfish reason, I’m particularly interested in), although it may be that given how slowly some of these conditions develop and even more slowly recognized, it may take more than 5 years to note a beneficial effect of supplementation in those conditions.
Anyway, bottom line is this: Really don’t see what anyone has to lose – except money – by taking moderate doses of either of these supplements.