We all know the benefits of Omega-3 for the body, but do we ever stop to think if our everyday intake of omega-3 is safe? Recently, fish oil has been the most commonly used source for omega-3 supplementation, which got me wondering….how can I be sure there aren’t any toxins, metals or mercury in fish oil if studies are always finding these things in fish?
I came across many different articles, all basically saying the same thing. That fish oil does contain toxins and mercury and that small doses were recommended to prevent negative effects to the body. I also noticed that almost every site mentioned doing external research on the product you choose to buy instead of trusting the company’s label. That seems a bit fishy to me (no pun intended).
Should a company not be required to divulge any and all information about their product on their label? Should there not be stricter regulations on fish and fish oil production?
I found this excerpt from an article on Livestrong about decontamination:
Many manufacturers distill and purify fish oil to remove contaminants such as mercury. It is important to look for third-party verification of ingredients and purification, instead of just the maker of the fish oil. A non-profit organization that commonly verifies fish oil’s safety and ingredients is the U.S. Pharmacopeia. Look for the label “USP Verified” to ensure your fish oil has been closely examined for safety and contents.
After all of my research, and weighing the pros and cons, I think I have made up my mind. I don’t care what is in fish oil because I want to search for a more pure product. One of the least known sources of omega-3 is seal oil. I decided to do a little research about it and came up with some interesting facts. Seal oil contains a third essential fatty acid that fish oil does not. DPA acts as an anti inflammatory and also makes DHA more effective. Seal oil is an all natural source of omega-3 with no additives or toxins. It is much more similar to the omega-3 we humans are born with making it easier for the body to recognize and absorb.
To learn more about the toxins in fish oil: http://www.livestrong.com/article/433862-omega-3-fish-oil-mercury-toxicity/?utm_source=undefined_R1&LS-2659
To learn more about seal oil and its benefits: www.sealoil.com