RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Some of the largest fish oil supplement producers, and the stores that carry them, are selling supplements contaminated with a class of now-banned industrial chemicals known as polychlorinated biphenyl compounds, or PCBs, charges a lawsuit filed earlier this month by the Manteel Justice Foundation and two other citizens. "Consumers who want the health benefits of fish oil shouldn't have to take the health risks of an extremely toxic man-made chemical," David Roe, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs, said in a press release.THE DETAILS: The lawsuit names eight makers and sellers of fish oil, shark oil, fish liver oil, and shark liver oil supplements that the plaintiffs say are contaminated above the "safe harbor" limits set for human PCB consumption under California's Proposition 65, a law that requires consumers be warned about such harmful exposures. So far, defendants named in the lawsuit include CVS Pharmacy Inc.; General Nutrition Corp. (GNC); Now … [Read more...] about Fish Oil Lawsuit Raises Safety Questions
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There are so many supplements on the market, chances are you take one (or more) every day. One of the most popular: fish oil. In fact, Americans spend about $1.3 billion a year on this variety, reports the Nutrition Business Journal. But some of the supporting data is iffy at best. So should you really be dropping your hard-earned dough on them? Here’s what you need to know.The Benefits of Fish and Fish Oil Supplementslean protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to fight inflammation, promote heart health and brain function, and manage depression. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish twice a week, but that's not so easy for everyone. Maybe you’re not a fan of the taste, or you stick to a strict vegan diet, or you don’t have the funds to tack pricey fresh fish onto your grocery bill.That’s when fish oil supplements can be beneficial. The capsules were made to deliver omega-3s that rival those found in fatty fish like salmon, … [Read more...] about Are Fish Oil Supplements REALLY Worth Taking?
Oily fish has been linked to many health benefits, including a lower risk of heart disease, improved mental ability, and protection from cancer, alcohol-related dementia, and rheumatoid arthritis. Fish oil contains the two fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These are believed to benefit the cardiovascular system. The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests consuming at least two servings of fish, and especially oily fish, each week. A serving is 3.5 ounces of cooked fish, or about three-quarters of a cup of flaked fish. Oily fish contain significant amounts of oil throughout their body tissues and in their belly cavity. Examples of oily fish include: trout salmon sardines pilchards kippers eels whitebait mackerel herring tuna All these fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, whether canned, fresh, or frozen. Oily fish is rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation and potentially lower the risk of … [Read more...] about Oily fish: Types and benefits
Glucosamine plays a vital role in building cartilage, and many people take it as a supplement to treat arthritis and osteoarthritis. It occurs naturally in the fluid around the joints, in animal bones, bone marrow, shellfish, and fungi. Glucosamine, especially glucosamine sulfate, is extracted from the shells of shellfish to make dietary supplements. A synthetic form is made in laboratories, also. In this article, we explain what glucosamine is, why it is taken as a supplement, and whether there is scientific evidence to prove it is effective. We also discuss any side effects and warnings that come with glucosamine. Glucosamine is normally taken by mouth and comes in different forms, including: glucosamine sulfate glucosamine hydrochloride N-acetyl-glucosamine Although similar, these variants can have different effects when used as dietary supplements. In some dietary supplements, glucosamine may be combined with other ingredients, including chondroitin sulfate, MSM, or shark … [Read more...] about Glucosamine: Should I try it?
Omega-3 and vitamins A and D are present in fatty or oily fish, such as trout, mackerel, tuna, herring, sardines, and salmon. Fish-oil and omega-3 supplements are popular because they are believed to have health benefits. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommend eating oily fish and omega 3 to promote heart health. However, studies have produced mixed results. In 2012, a National Health Survey found that around 7.8 percent of adults in the United States (U.S.), or 18.8 million people, and 1.1 percent of children aged 4 to 17 years, had taken a fish oil supplement in the previous 30 days. White fish also contain oils, but at lower concentrations, and mainly in the liver. Cod is a white fish, and its oil is concentrated in its liver. Cod liver oil contains less omega-3 fatty acid but more vitamin A and D. This article will focus on the benefits of fish oil as a source of omega 3. Omega-3 fatty acids are fats commonly found in plants and marine life. Two types are plentiful in … [Read more...] about Fish oils and omega-3 oils: Can they benefit our health?
First of all, what is most important is that eating fish overall is an extremely healthy dietary choice. The ultra-important omega-3 fatty acids lower heart disease risk, significantly. And the list of health benefits in omega-3s goes far beyond this. On the flip side, studies have found that fish high in mercury does the exact opposite, increasing the danger risk. Studies have looked at large numbers of men who suffered heart attacks, examining the level of mercury in their toenails and their hair. They found that higher levels of mercury were abundant in heart attack victims — boosting the risk of heart disease by 50%. RECOMMENDED: 10 Ways to Keep Your Food Safe So what is the best plan of action? Cutting out fish is not advisable. Knowing the species that are typically high in mercury is the way to go. The first thing to know is that fish high in mercury are large predators. They live for a long time and eat lots of smaller fish, which could be carrying trace amounts of … [Read more...] about The Lowdown About Mercury in Fish
It’s well recognized that omega-3 fatty acids appear to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. These essential fatty acids are a type of unsaturated fatty acid thought to reduce inflammation, which can damage blood vessels and can even lead to cardiovascular disease. They might also reduce triglycerides and lower blood pressure. Sources of omega-3s Essential fatty acids aren’t made by the body, so they must be obtained through food or supplements. A good source of omega-3s is fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, herring, halibut, cod, and tuna. Health professionals recommend that people eat this type of fish at least twice a week. Non-fish food sources of omega-3 fatty acids include flaxseed, flaxseed oil, walnuts, soybeans, and soybean oil. However, research suggests that omega-3s from fish sources may be easier for the body to absorb than those from plant-based sources, as plant sources of omega-3s need to undergo an extra step in the body. Fish oil … [Read more...] about Choosing a Fish Oil Supplement
If I found myself stranded on a desert island, I’d have the assurance of an unlimited source of the healthiest food I could imagine: omega-3 fatty acids and high quality protein from wild fish. Fish may just be the stuff of life. Its healthy fats are essential to optimal cardiovascular function, joint health, brain function, and blood sugar metabolism. By adding a few tropical fruits I could probably live a long and healthy life on my desert island. Of course, if I were lucky enough to find myself far away from the “civilized world,” I could also improve my chances of finding fish free of toxins. Toxic Mash Sadly most of the fish available in North American markets come from fish farms, which are little more than cesspools of toxic sludge that pollute our water and, consequently, our bodies when we consume these fish. About one third of the world’s seafood is produced by fish farms, most notably, nearly all the catfish and trout and half of the shrimp and … [Read more...] about Fish Farms
Another day, another round of headlines about China’s butchering of rare species. Today’s bloodbath bulletin concerns whale sharks, which feed on phytoplankton and can grow up to 40 feet (12 meters)—about the length of four station wagons. The shark is so vulnerable to extinction that most countries forbid fishermen from catching them. That’s not stopping a factory in China’s Zhejiang province from slaughtering 600 whale sharks per year, according to Hong Kong-based conservation group WildLifeRisk. The factory pays up to 200,000 yuan ($31,000) per whale shark (pdf), as WLR reports, and there’s now a global network of fishing boats that will sell them to the factory that WLR investigated. Why? Whale sharks feed the growing market for fish oil used in supplements and cosmetics sold in the US and Canada (paywall), reports the New York Times. The plant exports at least 300 tons (272 tonnes) a year in oil leached from … [Read more...] about America’s health craze for fish oil is wiping out the world’s rarest shark
SANTA CRUZ – People buying certain fish oil supplements to get the benefit of omega-3 fatty acids are ingesting chemicals banned in 1979, according to environmental advocates who filed a lawsuit Monday aimed at forcing manufacturers to warn consumers. The lawsuit names five makers of supplements found to contain polychlorinated biphenyl compounds, drugstores CVS and Rite Aid, which sell those products, and Omega Protein Inc., of Houston, which touts itself as the world’s largest producer of omega-3 fish oil. Attorney David Roe filed the suit in San Francisco Superior Court contending Proposition 65, a law he helped write, requires consumers to be warned when products contain toxic ingredients above the limit deemed safe by regulators. Some of the tested supplements exceed California’s daily limit for PCBs by a factor of 10 in terms of the cancer risk, Roe said. A limit has not been set for the risk of birth defects. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has … [Read more...] about Lawsuit claims PCBs found in 10 fish oil supplements; product labeling sought