Is your fish oil toxic ?

One of the biggest health challenges in todays modern society is maintaining optimal Omega 3 to Omega 6 balance. This is supported by science and is one of the most well documented health subjects of all times.

In Europe we consume about 15 times as much pro inflammatory Omega 6 as anti inflammatory Omega 3 – leading to a number of diseases.

There are many reasons why we don’t consume the amounts of fish any more as we used to. One of the reasons is most likely that we haven’t been growing up on fish, and if we haven’t been used to eating fish during childhood then it can take some getting used to. Another reason is that good quality non farmed fish is rather expensive in most parts of the western world, and then there’s the toxicity issue.

Sadly our oceans have never been as polluted as they are today and a huge concern is heavy metals such as Mercury and Arsenic, Cadmium, and lead or Dioxin, PCB’s and Furans, that build up in the fish and transfers to us as we eat them.

As a general guideline – the bigger the fish the higher the toxicity level. Big fish and fish who eat other fish are more likely to store toxins.

In the case of Mercury, you can assume that you are eating high amounts of Mercury by eating Swordfish, Shark, Tilefish, or King Mackerel – but also Cod should be limited.

But if we are to solve the current health crisis and get into balance then we need those Omega 3 fatty acids in our diet. this is where the fish oil supplement industry comes to our rescue. Luckily today most fish oil supplements go through a purification process, molecular distillation. Fortunately this process removes those or most of those toxic impurities.

Some manufactures however confuse freshness with purity. They claim that the shorter the route from sea to product the purer product you get. This is absolutely not true.

If you want a fish oil that is as pure as possible, guaranteed to be as free as possible from toxic waste – avoid fishoils made from Shark or Cod, and instead find an oil that is manufactured on small fish like anchovy or sardines. Not only are these small fish extremely high in Omega 3 but they also build up less toxins then their bigger counterparts, who add just a bit more toxins to their livers each time they eat another fish. This also means that the risk of toxic residues after the purification process has been done is much lower then if you buy i.e. a cod based fishoil. Another reason why anchovy and sardines are cleaner then their big brothers is that their lifespan is shorter which means that they don’t have the same time to build up toxins.

The supplement industry can be a jungle, personally I strictly and only recommend Balance Oil , which is produced on small fish and has 200.000 consumer tests to prove that it works.