Finds Some Spoilage and Inaccuracy Among Omega-3 And 6 Supplements
Plains NY, 7 August 2002
an independent evaluator of health and nutrition products, released
results today of its Product Review of Black Current, Borage, Evening
Primrose, and Flaxseed Oils: Sources of ALA and GLA (Omega-3 and
6 Fatty Acids). ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) and GLA (gamma-linolenic
acid) are essential fatty acids. ALA can be used by the body to
make other omega-3 fatty acids, including those found in fish oils.
GLA may be useful in treating diseases that involve pain and inflammation,
including cyclic mastalgia -- breast pain associated with the menstrual
cycle. Later this month, the Institute of Medicine of the National
Academies is expected to release recommendations on intake levels
of fatty acids.
nineteen of the twenty-five products that ConsumerLab.com tested
passed the review. Four products were low in an omega-6 fatty acid
known as linoleic acid. Two others had elevated peroxide levels
-- indicating spoilage -- one of which claimed vitamin E as an ingredient,
an antioxidant that is supposed to prevent spoilage. Rancid products
may have an unpleasant taste or odor, may not be as effective due
to degradation, and contain chemicals called peroxides and aldehydes
that can potentially damage cells and even encourage cholesterol
to clog arteries.
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