Friday, February 23, 2007

Omega 3 Fish Oil Safer Than Fish

Hi folks,

Getting a lot of mail on what to do about Omega 3s? Why is the FDA telling pregnant women to eat more fish (hello, tuna lobby!) while the EPA says all fish contain at least some mercury and women of childbearing age should limit their intake of fish.

You do need Omega 3s. Good news is the fish oil doesn't seem to be contaminated (yet!). I have heard that the liver oil is not a particularly notorious place for heavy metals to be stored--tends to get more into the meat, and don't for get that FARMED FISH has NO omega 3s at all. So check this out: announced today that tests of 41 omega-3 fish oil supplements (including 3 marketed for pets) showed safe levels of mercury and PCBs. However, three products did not contain their claimed amounts of EPA and DHA – key omega-3 fatty acids – or were spoiled. EPA and DHA are associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, are of potential benefit in treating diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, and may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. DHA may also be useful to infants and mothers due to its role in the functioning of the brain and retina in the fetus and infants and possibly reducing the risk of premature delivery.
Read more here: Dietary Fish Oil Supplement - Omega 3 Fish Oil Safer Than Fish

Vegans can look to flax for their Omega 3s.


Anonymous said...

Hi Marie,

What kind of fish oil do you suggest? Cod liver oil? By the spoon? My father swore by this stuff when I was growing up and always tried to get me take it. I wouldn't then but I will now!


~elise said...

I was just thinking about this today! I love sashimi and as I snacked on some at my local sushi place I wondered, "how much mercury am I ingesting?" What is the word on sushi/sashimi at restaurants?

Anonymous said...

Hi, I definitely agree that fish oil is much safer than fish (unless you are eating wild, cold-water fish like salmon, but even then...mercury!). A good one is Vital Omegas. Made & sold by a great guy who also runs a pretty entertaining health blog, Let's face it...sardines aren't exactly the top of the list for appealing snack fare.

Anonymous said...


Ick, I know. I have 8 cans of sardines sitting in my cupboard and I just can't muster the strength to eat them. I made myself eat 2 sardine sandwiches and that was the best I could do. I'll check out those Vital Omegas.


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Anonymous said...

Omega 3 from fish is much better than anything else, it is natural and is proven to be much effective and healthier.

I would recommend Omega 3 from fish oil