Omega-3 fatty acids have a wide variety of health benefits, from alleviating inflammation, aiding better brain function and higher intelligence, reducing depression, and aiding cardiovascular health. Omega-3 fatty acids are naturally present in many foods, such as walnuts, certain fruits and vegetables, and fish such as herring, sturgeon, and anchovies. Unfortunately, many Americans are unable to eat adequate amounts of those foods, and so they turn to supplements. All supplements have labels purporting to show how much of the desired nutrient each pill contains. Unfortunately, not all of those labels are accurate.
A recent report from Consumer Lab casts doubt on whether certain supplements contain their represented amounts of Omega-3. Consumer Lab tested a number of popular Omega-3 supplements to determine if they contained the amount Omega-3 represented on labels. While most of the products contained the represented amounts, there were three that had substantially less Omega-3 than advertised.
Consumer Lab found thatNatural Factors Rx Omega-3 Factors Pharmaceutical Grade contained only 83.3% of the claimed EPA (one type of Omega-3 found in fish oil). NOW Neptune Krill Oil was found to contain only 79.1% of claimed EPA, 76.7% of claimed DHA (another type of Omega-3 found in fish oil) and 78.4% of the claimed total omega-3 fatty acids. Perhaps most worrisome, The Simpsons Berry Squirts, a product designed for children, contained only 88.1% of the claimed EPA.
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