Bottle of 90 fish oil capsules for $1


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/07/26/bottle-of-90-fish-oil-capsules.html


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#2

Frankly I’m concerned about the toxicity levels in fish oil. As a baby boomer I feel I have been exposed to enough [toxic shit] to hold me for several lifetimes…


#3

@frauenfelder - is money so tight you have to shill for a ‘sports supplement’ company?


#4

What about the damage to the environment? When are you going to convert over to fish solar?


#5

Why not just have fish for dinner and go straight to the source?


#6

Will this reveal my inhuman superpowers or is there a different fish oil producer with a monopoly on the catalyst-tainted oil?


#7

Sourced from Alaskan Pollock, which means that if you were eating a full portion of the fish (which you’re not even close to doing), you would not have to worry about the really nasty stuff like PCB’s or Chlordane. Just mercury–which pollock is naturally low in.

If you are an adult male, or adult female not planning on having more children, the threshold for mercury is pretty high. So, I think you’ll be OK.


#8

When you say “having”, do you mean “eating”? If so, the answer is no.


#9

If you want omega-3 without the toxicity, stick to fish oil extracted from small, saltwater oily fish like sardines, herring and anchovies. Small fish like these don’t live long enough to accumulate anything more than a few picograms of heavy metals.

Or better yet, just eat 'em and skip the supplements entirely.


#10

#11

They are hawking “Mormon guacamole” on BB today, aswell. Looks deliciouso!


#12

Quite frankly… for $1, I wouldn’t trust the quality of that fish oil.


#13

Excellent article. The writer does a nice job of presenting all the confounds plaguing this body of literature. One confound not mentioned, however, is absorption. Omega-3 supplements derived from fish oil, by themselves, are poorly absorbed. The few studies that have explored how to improve absorption rate found that emulsified fish oil was the best absorbed, followed by co-administration of an emulsifier (lecithin, phospholipids like phosphatidylcholine), followed by co-administration of olive oil.

Since the jury’s still out on whether soy lecithin causes or aggravates atherosclerosis, the most practical advice is to take these supplements either with a small portion of oily fish (salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel) or a salad drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil.

The reason for these foods in particular is that their fat content is almost entirely monounsaturated. Taking these supplements with foods high in polyunsaturated fat (walnuts, flax seed oil) is counterproductive as they will compete for absorption.


#14

In other words:

FTFY.
(Yes, I know that the research isn’t that negative on them, but I couldn’t resist)


#15

Children are naturally low in mercury as well. Just FYI.


#16

My, what a modest proposal


#17

Maybe it is. :frowning:
Should we turn off our ad-blockers?


#18

My fish have been squeaking lately, so this should be just the thing to restore their Performance.


#19

Why would you need to oil a fish? Aren’t they already pretty slippery?


#20

I’d definitely lean towards the only positive “research” on them having been coming from the supplement providers themselves.