Are your Omega 3 fish oil supplements contaminated?

It’s becoming commonly known that fish caught from our oceans may well be contaminated with various industrial toxins including PCBs and Mercury. And anyone considering taking Omega 3 fish oil supplements needs to consider whether or not the fish oil supplements that they choose to take may also contain contaminated oil.

That’s not to say that there’s large amounts of industrial contaminants in any amount of fish oil. Although they are only there in small amounts, who wants even small amounts of Mercury or PCBs?

Of course we take our Omega 3 fish oil supplements because we understand the importance of eating more of the 2 essential fatty acids DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) which are found in fish, which are extremely good for our health, and which most of us get too little of in our modern Western diet. But do we want to be taking PCBs and Mercury or other contaminants with our DHA or EPA?

PCBs are a very nasty industrial chemical which have been banned in the US since the late 70s. Many are considered to cause cancer. In fact the threat of PCB and other industrial contamination is now sufficiently high that according to proposition 65 in California consumers must be warned of chemical contamination in excess of certain levels. This is intended to provide the general public with some measure of protection from products which contain high levels of nasty industrial chemicals.omega 3 fish oil

So the bad news is that industrial contamination with toxic chemicals such as Mercury and PCBs has been detected in 10 reasonably well known brands of fish oil supplements, including some particularly big names.

And as a result legal action has been undertaken against manufacturers of various supplements suggesting that their supposedly high quality Omega 3 fish oil supplements don’t meet the strict standards required of them by proposition 65, and that they have failed to warn the consumers of the risks of taking their products.

When you buy Omega 3 supplements you may well see various claims about the type of fish oil used in the supplements. For example you may see the fish oil described as “ultra-refined” or “pharmaceutical grade”. None of these terms have any legal meaning, none of them indicate that the particular fish oil in the supplements you are considering is free from industrial contaminants, and the reality is that these terms are nothing more than marketing terms.

There is no doubt that, despite the fact that taking high quality fish oil supplements is good for your health, if the supplements that you take are contaminated with industrial toxins you do not want to be taking them.

The risks are too high, despite the benefits.

The good news is that there are excellent, high quality and totally clean fish oil supplements available.

But if you’re seriously considering taking fish oil supplements for your health, as you should be, or if you take them now, how can you tell whether or not they are clean? There’s a simple way.

Industrial contamination can be detected by laboratory tests, just as it was detected in those supplements mentioned above. The manufacture of any brand of fish oil supplements should, for the benefit of consumers and potential consumers, publish a Certificate of Analysis on their website, by an independent laboratory not owned by the manufacturer, certifying that each batch of oil used in the supplements is clean and free of contamination.

Only then can you be fully confident of the cleanliness of the Omega 3 capsules you’re proposing to take.

The manufacturer of what we consider to be the highest quality Omega 3 supplements in the world has every single batch of fish oil tested by an independent laboratory and the results published on the website for all to see. There is no contamination.

So the bad news is that not all fish oil supplements are clean. The good news is that it is still perfectly possible to get clean high quality Omega 3 fish oil supplements that are clean and extremely good for your health, and cost-effective. You’ve just got to buy carefully.

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Kids with learning difficulties may well benefit from Omega 3 supplementation daily

There seems to be a dramatic rise in the number of conditions affecting young children nowadays. Only last night we watched a documentary on the use, or overuse, of Ritalin amongst the young.

Whether it’s autism, dyspraxia, dyslexia, ADD (attention deficit disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or any one of a number of other conditions that would seem to affect young children, they all seem to be on the rise.

Could this be because of the fact that so many of us, and our children, get too little of the essential fatty acids called the Omega3 fats in our diets?

Well of course it’s extremely simplistic to ascribe one simple cause to any of these conditions, however the results of research do tend to suggest that more Omega 3 essential fatty acids in the diet may well help improve these conditions, including ADHD.omega 3 adhd

A study reported on the website of the BBC examined the use of the Omega3 fats on children from 12 schools in a town in England. Over 100 children were given Omega 3 fish oil supplements with their meals for a period of 6 months.

Each of the children selected to the study were selected because they were achieving below the expected range at school but had normal ability. During the study each of the children was subjected to a range of tests to measure their concentration and academic ability as well as other matters such as their coordination.

The study was undertaken by a research fellow at the University of Oxford and an educational psychologist. Results have shown an improvement in the performance at school of the children given the Omega 3 supplements, though this did not apply to every single student.

So why would an increase in the amount of Omega 3 fats in the diet of these children with some form of learning problem improve the outcome for some of them? It is considered that the most logical reason is that the Omega3 fats, which are prevalent in the brain, particularly DHA, help allow the electrical signals in the brain to flow between the cells better.

It is considered that more DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) in the brain makes see cell membranes more elastic which allows these signals to pass through more easily.

Of course this does not mean that any children with any of these conditions, including ADHD, can be cured simply by adding high quality Omega 3 supplements to their diet. This also is unlikely and simplistic.

However it does suggest that it is a matter well worth considering for parents of children such as these, both because of the possibility that there performances may improve as well as because there are a wide range of other health benefits which are attracted from Omega 3 supplementation.

Of course any parent of a child with some form of learning difficulty should consult the appropriate professionals, however any strategy to help improve the performance of such children may well be better advanced by the use of regular daily Omega 3 supplements. Read the rest of this entry

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