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Why “pharm grade” oils?
Consumer Reports (07/03 — available online with subscription) tested fish oils and found that all 16 top-selling brands it tested “contained roughly as much EPA and DHA as their labels promised. None showed evidence of spoilage, and none contained significant amounts of mercury, the worrisome PCBs, or dioxin.” (CR, of course, accepts no advertising, so there’s no plausible motive for fabrication of data.) Another respected independent group, Environmental Defense, contacted manufacturers of fish-oil pills, and over 80% replied confirming that they meet the strictest standards for purity.
Mass-market brands sometimes contain lower concentrations of DHA & EPA, of course, but all that means is you have to take more pills to achieve the same total intake. The mass-market brands can be over 10 times cheaper for the same quantity of DHA & EPA than more expensive brands, according to the CR report.
Last edited by Para-Goomba : 09-13-2005 at .