Fish Oil For ADHD : Consumer Reports

Do You Use Fish Oil For ADHD Management and Support?

I know many of you take or give Fish Oil to help support and manage your ADHD. I don’t, but not because I am against it, but because I am a wuss when it comes to vitamins and supplements. The after taste (shock) kicks my rear. I am the reason the created Gummy Bear Sour Patch Kid Sour Skittle Vitamins.

However, as I was reading Consumer Reports this morning I came across a review from Consumer Reports regarding common brands available at your local pharmacy stop, and felt compelled — complete with goofy 60’s “B” movie whirlpool eyes and laser noises — to share. Don’t Forget To Take Our Highly, Over-the-Top, Secret, Tell All Poll Somewhere Down Below!

Fish Oil Pills Vs. Claims

Consumer Reports, January 2012

Americans are buying more fish oil supplements than ever, but in our lab tests of 15 top selling brands, six fell a bit short, says Consumer Reports.

We tested three lots of each brand, bought in New York stores. All had their labeled amount of EPA and DHA, Omega-3 Fatty acids that can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. And none exceeded limits for lead, mercury, dioxins or polyclorinated biphenyls (PCBs) set by the US Pharmacopeia (USP), a non-governmental standard setting group, or by the European Union.

Speaking of ADHD: Mine’s kicking in and the great idea to type up this article is already sounding like no fun. Thinking of skipping the Jabberwocky and skipping straight to the test results.

Anyway, they found PCB’s (lead, mercury, junk you don’t wanna ingest) at higher levels than claimed. You can find the full article at Consumer Reports web site, here. Hey! I just realized that what I figured would prove a subscriber only article is actually available for view by everyone. Meaning I can also copy and paste… with full credit to ConsumerReports.org, of course.

But the test results revealed total PCBs in amounts that could require warning labels under California’s Proposition 65, a consumer right-to-know law, in one sample of the CVS, GNC, and Sundown products, and in two samples of Nature’s Bounty.

Most tested pills are claimed to be “purified” or “free” of PCBs, mercury, or other contaminants, claims that have no specific regulatory definition, the Food and Drug Administration says. The agency has taken no enforcement action against any omega-3 maker over PCBs or other contaminants, an FDA spokeswoman said, because it has seen no public-health risk.

And two samples of Kirkland Signature failed the USP’s disintegration test for pills with enteric coatings (designed to prevent fishy aftertaste): Their coating could break up in the stomach, not in the small intestine as intended. Oddly, that was one of few tested products labeled “USP Verified,” which indicates that the USP has tested and verified the claimed ingredients, potency, and manufacturing process.

Bottom line. Most people can get enough omega-3s by eating fatty fish—such as salmon and sardines, which are also low in mercury—at least twice a week. But people who have coronary heart disease require about a gram a day of those fatty acids, an amount that often requires taking a supplement. Check with a doctor before taking omega-3 pills because they can interact with some medications. Choose one listed under “met quality standards.” Those cost anywhere from 17 to 64 cents a day for 1 gram of EPA and DHA combined, the amount the American Heart Association recommends for people with coronary heart disease.

Fish Oil For ADHD?

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Correction (From Consumer Reports Print Edition): The version of this story that appears in the January 2012 issue of Consumer Reports magazine reported that our tests found “elevated levels of compounds that indicate spoilage” in samples of Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega 1000mg (180 count). Just as digital versions of the story were being readied for publication, however, the company challenged our conclusion based on the fact that its product includes natural lemon oil as a flavoring. Upon further review, we have found that the industry-standard spoilage test we used cannot reliably detect spoilage in products with lemon oil, and we could not identify any current well-established methodology for doing so. (Nordic Naturals was the only lemon-flavored product in our study.) Because the spoilage test cannot be applied, we couldn’t keep Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega in a report that required all products to undergo all tests. Nordic Naturals did meet every other quality measure in our study. The pills, which cost about 67 cents per day, or $243 per year, contained their labeled amount of omega-3 fatty acids and met other U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) and European Union standards, including those for contaminants such as lead, mercury and dioxins. They also met the stricter California Proposition 65 standard for total polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). A correction will appear in the February 2012 issue ofConsumer Reports magazine.

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