I'd love some thoughts on this! There are so many to wade through. I'm confused!!
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8/13/10 at 10:48pm
|Which Fish Oil Supplements Contain PCB? That would be brands Nature Made, Twinlab Norwegian, Solgar, Now Foods and GNC liquid Norwegian.|
|"Consumers who want the health benefits of fish oil shouldn't also have to take the health risks of an extremely toxic man-made chemical. And they don't have to, since preliminary test results show that some fish oil brands have only 1/70th as much PCB contamination in them as others," said Roe.
That's the good news for consumers, he added.
"Some companies do a lot better job than others, and we think this is something people should know."
|After weighting to determine how toxic some of the contaminants are, the products that ranked the lowest for toxicity were, in order, TwinLab Norwegian Cod Liver Oil, TwinLab Emulsified Norwegian Cod Liver Oil, Solar 100 per cent Pure Norwegian Shark Liver Oil Complex, and Nature Made Odorless Fish Oil.
"Without more testing, we can't know whether this group includes the worst in the market — or the best," the plaintiffs wrote in backgrounder of the 10 brands.
Honestly, I wouldn't buy cheap varieties of fish oil at all. Pollutants like PCBs are stored in the fatty tissue of animals, and if a company is charging less for their fish oil, then you have to know they're getting it from a cheaper source. Cheaper sources of fish oil include bigger fish, higher up on the food chain and more contaminated with pollutants. You want high-grade fish oil, made from small fish and tested regularly.
It's expensive stuff, but I use Green Pasture's high-vitamin cod liver oil. It is recommended by the Weston A. Price Foundation, and they are very picky about purity and the right vitamin blend ratios.