Fish Oil And Heart Disease The Truth Is Out There
04-04-2009 08:43 AM
Great article! I agree on the mood enhancing properties. I used to just buy any fish oil until my friend who is an herbalist informed me that some brands may be contaminated with mercury. He recommended Nordic Naturals and I've used them ever since,the bolded parts are things he pointed out to me:
Originally Posted by B5150
Fish oil quality standards do not exist in the United States. To ensure ongoing quality, Nordic Naturals adheres to and exceeds the stringent Norwegian Medicinal Standard (NMS) and the European Pharmacopoeia Standard (EPS) for all products. These standards guarantee quality products by setting maximum allowances on peroxides, heavy metals, dioxins, furans, and PCBs.
Nordic Naturals’ raw material is harvested from some of the cleanest waters in the world, and is tested by independent laboratories for heavy metals and over 210 other environmental contaminants.
04-04-2009 03:59 PM
I did hear about that too about the mercury.
04-04-2009 10:48 PM
does anybody make fish oil in a bottle? i have been taking "cod liver oil" & apparently you can get too much vitamin A(& maybe D) doing this? i don't mind the taste at all personally. i've downed plenty of really horrific tasting supps over the years! i see some now that i know what to look for. i wonder if anything that states it's molecularly distilled is ok? is something like this a decent choice?
04-04-2009 10:54 PM
04-05-2009 12:10 AM
Originally Posted by julius kelp
Only cod fish caught during the winter and early spring are used, as the liver oil content is highest at this time of year. The oil is separated from the liver tissues without the use of chemicals. To insure freshness of Carlson Norwegian Cod Liver Oil, the air inside the glass bottle has been replaced with nitrogen.
THIS PRODUCT is regularly tested (using AOAC international protocols) for freshness, potency and purity by an independent, FDA-registered laboratory and has been determined to be fresh, fully potent and free of detectable levels of mercury, cadmium, lead, PCB's and 28 other contaminants.
04-05-2009 02:02 AM
not 100% on this, but I believe that the mercury content is not as much of a factor due to the extraction of the oil, not water-soluble extractions.
read it somewhere; but can't remember where.
04-05-2009 05:07 AM
I think you are right:
Originally Posted by heywood
"Dr. Bays also addressed the question, “Do prescription and/or supplement omega-3 fatty acid products contain excessive vitamin or toxins, such as mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, dioxin, or other contaminants, in sufficient concentrations to pose a potential health risk?” Again, his answer is negative.
This conclusion is largely based on a 2006 ConsumerLab evaluation of 42 commercially available fish oil supplements. All but two were found to contain the amount of EPA and DHA stated on the label, were free of mercury, PCBs and dioxins, and were not oxidized (rancid). Among the brands that passed the ConsumerLab evaluation were Carlson, Coromega, Metagenics, Nordic Naturals, Kirkland and Puritan Pride.
Dr. Bays cautions that a high fish oil intake through the consumption of large amounts of fish may present a risk for environmental toxin exposure, especially methylmercury, PCBs, organochlorine pesticides and dioxins. He points out that oxidized mercury is insoluble in oil, so would not be expected to represent a significant toxicity risk in fish oil supplements."
04-05-2009 04:15 PM
Thanks for the legwork, I'm just too lazy these days to go searching for the answers. All I know is that taking 2g of the oil each morning I didn't suffer the same amount of SAD through the winter in the PNW; but some of that could have been attributed to riding my bicycle to work every day (highly recommend for those of you who aren't averse to a little extra cardio; really helps regulate blood sugar through the day).
04-22-2009 07:02 PM
i eat alot of fish .... i should cut down lol
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