Medically based advice has for years recommended taking omega 3 supplements. The most popular and generally least expensive way to boost your omega 3 levels is by taking fish oil. In most cases, the fish oil is sourced from the cold oceans around South America and is a by-product of fish meal production.
A number of issues in relation to the quality of commercial fish oil have been slowly coming to light and now some of the the latest research was recently referenced in the ABC Health Report (February 27, 2017).
In brief, results from testing show that:
- a high proportion of commercially produced fish oil is rancid and, in fact, is likely to be rancid even before it has been processed into the cute little golden capsules;
- much of the oil currently sold as fish oil capsules contains impurities some of which are toxic;
- a high percentage of fish oil products tested had minimal or even no EPA or DHA omega 3.
This is not to say that there are no products you can trust but given that published test results do not list manufacturers, it makes it difficult to know which are good products and which should be avoided.
I’ve been taking fish oil based Omega 3 capsules for years and have been becoming more and more concerned about what is really in the supplement. I’m surprised I ain’t long dead from taking toxic fish oil!!
Surly there is a crying need for definitive research, possible regulation and maybe even banning the selling of some of the worst omega 3 snake oil.
Given the number of people that take fish oil supplements, I think that there is a serious consumer health issue here.