Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fish Oil Supplements: Risks & Benefits

Click here for an article on the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) website about the risks and benefits of taking fish oil supplements. According to the site, fish oil contains the beneficial longer chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) of fish oil that other plant sources (such as flaxseed oil) do not.

However, the EDF warns that fish oil supplements could potentially contain environmental contaminants such as mercury and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). After conducting a survey of fish oil supplement manufactures, the EDF concluded that most supplements appear to be adequately purified and safe.

Click here to see how the different companies measured up. I'm happy to report that Nature's Bounty Fish Oil (which is BOGO at Walgreens and CVS this week) is marked as a "Best Choice".

If you prefer to actually eat a fish rather than take a supplement, here is a link to The Super Green List of seafood that is good for human health as well as the health of the environment (published by the Monterey Bay Aquarium). Thanks to my very eco-friendly friend for this link.
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