Do certain O3FO brands contain unacceptable levels of mercury and PBAs?

Fish oil supplements may contain trace amounts of mercury. Most of the mercury that may have been in the actual fish is thought to be eliminated during the process to remove the fish smell. However, most of the fish oil supplements available over-the-counter are not very concentrated, and the less Omega-3 fatty acids they contain, the more contaminants, such as mercury they may contain. It is best to pick a fish oil supplement that is high in Omega-3 fatty acids. You could also speak with your physician about Lovasa, a prescription fish oil supplements that is highly concentrated.

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

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