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Re: Fish Oil, all right, all ready, I'll try it...

Posted by Larry Hoover on November 4, 2002, at 8:23:05

In reply to Re: Fish Oil, all right, all ready, I'll try it... Larry Hoover, posted by disney4 on November 3, 2002, at 22:46:23

> I read about the myofacial pain in two reports on this site, but it seems uncommon to me as well.

Well there's nothing in Medline/Pubmed, and I didn't find anything on Google either.

>What brand of fish oil are you using.

Whatever. I've probably got four or five brands. Country Life or Walmart's Spring Valley seem fine to me.

>I was considering Omegabrite, but I need a high DHA content too, because I am in a depressed state, and need some of DHA's mood elevating properties. I know the recomended amount is a 2:1 ratio of EPA to DHA, but most products seem like a 30:20, with the exception of the Twinlabs, and I suspect they may be using cod liver oil to get the high concentration of EPA and DHA in such a small amount of oil. When I looked up the trademark Seven Seas Healthcare, they were basically a cod liver oil supplier, and cod liver oil is fish oil.

Yes, cod liver oil is fish oil, but it doesn't have an appreciably different ratio of fatty acids than the rest of the fish would have. I can't see anyone using liver oils undeclared on the label (it's more expensive). There are chemical processes to create more concentrated versions of fish oil.

A number of recent studies have used ethyl-eicosapentaenoate with good success. That's just the ethyl alcohol ester of the free fatty acid EPA. Yes, DHA is beneficial in its own right, but there's no a priori reason to believe that you need to take an oil enriched proportionately in DHA. Your body will look after the details.

> After researching further, I may try a product called Health From the Sun. They specialize in fish oils, and their products have been used in some of the research.

I think the only issue around brand of oil is choosing one that you're going to take. Find your comfort level, but take the oil.

Maybe I'm not the one to ask about toxins and all that stuff. As an environmental toxicologist, I well remember how I felt when I first started to realize just how seriously human activity has contaminated the environment. Everywhere I looked, there was something to concern me. Chemicals leaching from plastic into food. Acid rain mobilizing heavy metals. There was always something new to fear. But guess what? You can't avoid pollution. You can reduce it, with wise choices, but avoid it? Not a chance.

Do you know what the most recent pollutant "discovery" is? Pharmaceutical drugs emitting from sewage treatment plants. All the antidepressants and hormones and heart drugs and so on are going in one side of the STP, and coming right out the other end, because bacteria haven't got the enzymes which fit these molecules to break them down. If your tap water comes from a surface water source (river, lake, reservoir), you can almost be certain you're drinking these drugs. Bottled water? About a 50% chance, as around that proportion of bottled water is nothing more than municipal tap water.

You see where I'm going? A good brand of fish oil is the one in your stomach.





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