MEDICAL CORNER ….. Fish oil …. an ugly truth??


MEDICAL CORNER ..... Fish oil .... an ugly truth??

Studies show that Americans spend about $1 billion on fish and fish supplements every year in a bid to eat a healthier diet. The recent report by ConsumerLab.com is therefore alarming. The organization says that 30% of the 24 brand name supplements were below the recommended standards for active ingredients, freshness and contamination.

Tests carried out on krill, alga oil and fish supplements showed that seven of the twenty-four products failed in various areas. Three types of supplements had less Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA than the manufacturers claimed. One of the three products showed spoilage, something that was also detected in two other products, one of which was meant for children. One product released ingredients too soon and another meant for pets exceeded PCB’s contamination limit.

According to the president of ConsumerLab.com, Dr. Tod Cooperman, supplements containing DHA or EPA are ideal replacements for fish because they provide Omega-3 fatty acids, have relatively few contaminants, are easier to get and cost relatively less. However, the variation in quality means that you need to take a closer look at the product you choose.

The ConsumerLab.com report explained that the labels on some of the supplements include terms like “tested in FDA approved laboratories” or “pharmaceutical grade”, statements that have no basis at all. One krill oil supplement had less Omega-3 fatty acids and showed spoilage, yet the manufacturer claimed it passed “good manufacturing practices” (GMPs).

Another so-called krill oil supplement contained more fish oil instead. All the supplements had some traces of dl-PCBs although some were supposedly free of any contaminant.

DHA and EPA concentrations ranged from below 20% to over 80% of what was displayed on the front labels. It is therefore recommended that you check the side labels more closely instead.

DHA and EPA have different health benefits and are used to treat various psychiatric illnesses, rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory complications. They also minimize the risk of coronary heart disease, macular degeneration, and different types of cancer. The fish oil supplements help pets have healthy skin and coats.

In a survey carried out by ConsumerLab.com, 74% of the respondents used fish oil supplements, showing that they are more popular than multivitamins.

Source: Read more at http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-pill-people-pop-more-any-other#JpZz0oAeUB8GJF8L.99

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About Dr. Rex

I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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