Monday, March 22, 2010

Omega-3 Pills Looking Fishy?

Posted By on Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 5:00 PM

fish pills For years we've been hearing that omega-3 fatty acids are good for our increasingly fatty asses. That's still true, so far as we can tell. (Well, they're for heart health, technically.) But when delivered via certain over-the-counter supplements, these beneficial fish oils may be accompanied by some nasty toxins, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this month by the Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation of Eureka.

In the local group's lab tests, 10 varieties of the pills contained polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, which are known carcinogens. The manufacturers insist the pills are safe and that California's Prop. 65 warning label requirements are unnecessarily strict.

Genuine health risk or tasty bait for grandstanding lawyers? The Chron has the latest story

[H/t Highboldtage ]

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