Omega-3 Supplements

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Last week I wrote about the importance of increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 Supplements are one way of getting your daily dose of Omega-3’s but what about the concern a couple of e-mailers raised about concentrated pollutants in some fish oil capsules?  I have seen many articles that state these supplements are not safe as they concentrate the heavy metals and other pollutants present in the fish the supplements are made from.  Now I don’t know for sure if this is really a problem, but it does make sense at first look.  I looked at several bottles of supplements and found that most claim to remove the toxins from the fish oil.  One example is this quote from a bottle of Trader Joe’s Omega-3, 1200 mg fish oil capsules. “All of our Omega-3’s have been “Molecularly Distilled” to remove contaminants such as PCB’s, mercury, and heavy metals.”

  Molecularly distilled sounds a bit like an attempt to impress, but it does seem to be an accepted way of purifying vitamins and other supplements. Here is a good article specifically describing molecular distillation and omega-3 pills.  So, although I can’t decide for you whether omega-3 supplements are pure and safe, I can tell you I do take one myself.  I also occasionally eat different types of fish.  But with fish stocks being somewhat depleted and controlled here in the Pacific Northwest, I can’t eat as much fish as I used to.  The supplements seem like a reasonable way to make sure I am getting my omega-3’s.

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Will Sig
1 Anna

I heard that latest study suggests that sardines are the best fish to eat. I think moderation and variety is the answer. You can never win with anything these days. Anna 🙂
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2 Tony McGurk

There are so many reports about so many things being not good for you it’s hard to know for sure. Even fish fresh out of the sea & rivers can’t be guaranteed to be unaffected by pollutants. We really have to put a lot of blind faith in food suppliers don’t we?
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3 Tony

There are so many reports about so many things being not good for you it’s hard to know for sure. Even fish fresh out of the sea & rivers can’t be guaranteed to be unaffected by pollutants. We really have to put a lot of blind faith in food suppliers don’t we?
.-= Tony´s last blog ..43 years ago… =-.

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4 Will

Hi Anna – I just read your comment after coming in from working in the garden. As I am hungry I went to the cupboard thinking I had a tin of little fish, but alas the cupboard was bare.

We do Tony and sometimes I am very skeptical about claims like removing contaminates by “molecular ly distilling” the fish oil. I mean how does the process remove all the bad stuff and leave the good? But apparently it does. I am still a bit skeptical though.

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5 Steve

hey Will,
Do you shop at TJ’s also?
And is Old Mother Hubbard responsible for stocking your cupboard? 🙂
Anna’s comment reminds me that I saw in the news a few weeks ago that the last sardine cannery in the US closed. 🙁 I haven’t had sardines in years (if not decades) but that story made me want to go get a few cans. Maybe now I will. ~ Steve
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6 Will

I will have to look at the next can to see where they come from. Probably South America? We don’t have Trader Joe’s here, but when we drive up to Portland, we always stop. Nice store, with a lot of things you don’t see elsewhere but a bit pricey on some items.

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7 Amethyst

Omega 3 is really very beneficial to health. The more I read about it, the more benefits surface. Good for the heart, the brain, the eyes, the system in general. It is even great for people with mental health issues. And great for pregnant women. And also great for people with Alzheimers. The list just goes on and on.

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8 Martin Lapietra

The more I read about it, the more benefits surface

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9 Nai

I take supplements with Omega 3 too and i try from to time to time some pumkin seeds. I will see in future how efficient it is. Hope to find a suitable form for my little girl cause she doesn’t like fish.

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