Fish oil and PCBs

An omega-3 controversy

August 17, 2010

Back in March, a California lawsuit alleged that fish-oil supplements contain PCBs and should be more accurately labeled. The prob? Packaging that claims PCBs have been removed from the supplements, versus independent lab tests revealing much higher levels of PCBs.

PCBs — shorthand for polychlorinated biphenyl — are toxic. Production was banned in the U.S in 1979, but because PCBs are a persistent pollutant, they’re pretty much everywhere — in beef, chicken, and dairy products as well as fish.

What to do? Well, there are other ways to get those valuable omega-3s into your diet. Skip the supplements from big, predatory fish, such as cod and shark; since PCBs travel up the food chain, they accumulate more in bigger, older fish. Grab the supplements made from smaller fish, such as mackerel, anchovies, and sardines. Wild-caught Alaskan salmon also test low in PCBs. And avoid supplements made from fish liver, which is where toxins concentrate; buy those made from whole pressed fish or fish flesh instead.

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1. by Dena Gottlieb on Aug 18, 2010 at 2:08 AM PDT

Good post. Believe it or not, there is another option today. It’s a vegetarian form of Omega 3 and it’s from the seeds of the Salvia Sclarea plant (Clary sage). A 7 year research project at the Volcani Institute in Israel found that the seeds of the Clary Sage plant contain 50% Alpha Linolenic Acid as well as another 100 active ingredients like CoQ10, Sclareol, Vegetable Sterols, Vitamin E etc. The oil is cold pressed from the seeds and is sold in capsules. There are no allergens or any kinds of poisons in this oil, unlike fish oil and flax oil.
If you would like to read more about this breakthrough and patented form of omega 3 You can have a look at my blog here:

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