The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Omega-3 from fish, algae, and krill

    ConsumerLab.com reports that their tests of fish oil, krill oil, and algal oil supplements revealed quality problems.

    First, the details.

    • Testing included 24 supplements selected by ConsumerLab.com plus 15 others in the voluntary certification testing program.

    And, the results.

    • 3 products contained less omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and/or DHA) than claimed.
    • Several products (including a children’s fish oil) were spoiled when purchased.
    • An enteric-coated fish oil softgel released its oil too early.
    • 1 fish oil supplement for pets exceeded the contamination limit for PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls).
    • Some products actually passed testing
      • 17 of the selected omega-3 supplements passed testing,
      • as did 15 products similarly tested through ConsumerLab.com’s voluntary certification program
    • Concentrations of EPA and DHA omega-3s ranged from less than 20% to over 80% of the fish oil (or other marine oil) content listed on front labels.
    • Some labels included quality claims with no regulatory basis, which make them meaningless.

    The bottom line?

    More oversight is needed to protect the health and financial investment of those who purchase OTC omega-3 products.

    A list of the products tested is on the ConsumerLab.com website, but you must be a subscriber to get the details.

    1/11/11 20:46 JR

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