Most health-conscious consumers had already ascertained the benefits of omega-3s more than a decade ago. After all, there exists literally thousands of studies supporting the benefits of omega-3s. And that includes health benefits that extend far beyond the heart—including brain, skin, eyes, hormones and more.
A five year effort
Even in the face of all the evidence, the claims previously allowed by the FDA were extremely limited in scope. This is why GOED submitted a petition to get the FDA in 2014 to officially recognize the heart benefits of omega-3s.
To back up their petition GOED also provided 717 studies linking omega-3s with heart health benefits.
It took five years for the lethargic bureaucracy of the FDA to respond, but in the end it agreed the evidence was indeed persuasive. In light of this the agency agreed to “allow” new health claims.
The new health claims that can be made are relative to blood pressure, hypertension and heart disease. In June the FDA provided the specific wording that can be made for five different officially-approved health claims.
[See graphic below article for exact wording.]
The government’s approval of legal health claims can be a complicated maze of legal jargon that often takes a lawsuit and teams of lawyers to qualify.