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Why You Should Avoid Fish Oil Supplements

Some Good News on Overfishing

The European Parliament has approved a package of major reforms to the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), designed to cut waste and stop overfishing in European waters.

Under the current legislation, fishing crews that haul in more than the agreed quota often throw large quantities of dead fish back into the sea ? as they are not allowed to land the fish. The current system is called Total Allowable Catches (TACs), launched in 1983 is at the heart of the EU policy and is based on the each country?s previous catches.

We all know why changes have to be made – cod for example is has declined by 70% over the last 10 years, European fishing fleets have grown too large and are now too efficient for the dwindling fish stocks and fishery ministers have been reluctant to see their national quotas (TACs) cut. However, without the proper controls, there is a risk that surplus fish landed will simply be sold and incentivise overfishing.

The current system is also not meeting the European market?s needs. Fish imported from non EU countries now accounts for two-thirds of fish sold in the EU.

The Proposed Changes to the EU Common Fisheries Policy

In the approved package, in future fishing crews will have to land their entire catch. This is good news; surely discarding perfectly healthy dead fish back into the sea can?t be right and isn?t going to help. The commission says that fisheries should be managed on an ecosystem basis- with more flexibility in the system and scientific data should be collected on a larger number of fish species.

So, discards from 2014 should be phased out and the plan to start MSY (maximum sustainable yields) approach will be phased in by 2015. More has to be done, this is only the start.

A good start – but you can help stop overfishing now

It will be two years minimum before these proposed changes begin to phase-in, and doubtless there will be problems with non-compliance and policing the new rules. In the meantime there are concrete actions you can do to hep stop overfishing:

– If you must eat fish, buy a wider range of fish and avoid species that are endangered
– If you take fish oil supplements, opt for an algae omega 3 alternative.
– At your supermarket fish counter, make staff aware that their employer also needs to act responsibly to help create consumer demand for lesser known species. You might be surprised how some staff will acknowledge your concern and demonstrate knowledge about the subject. Their feedback makes it back to supermarket bosses surprisingly often
– Join Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall?s Fish Fight campaign – get involved and show your support.

Join Fish Fight and help stop overfishing

Further Reading:

* After 30 years of waste EU finally moves to end scandal of dumping deadfish – Daily Mail

* MEPs back fishing policy reform – Guardian

Studies & Research on Omega 3 DHA EPA Re Brain Health

The Daily Mail publishes an interesting article on Omega 3 DHA / EPA, essential fats and their importance for brain health and optimal cognitive function. ( Daily Mail: Fat lot of good: How eating more cheese and milk could make you brainier )

Renoir Painting

We need fats for our brain not more fat for our bottoms

More fats for our brains, not more fats for our bottoms!

Despite the obligatory Daily Mail red herring headline advising us all to eat cheese to get brainier, there is a good summary of Omega-3 studies in the article. It’s a shame they don’t go into the benefits of Omega-3 DHA and EPA from Algae but it’s only recently that purified forms of algae have allowed higher doses of plant based DHA that now rival the dosages in fish oil.

With the study on cheese there could be a number of points overlooked. Organic milk has up to 71 percent more Omega-3 than non-organic milk, according to a?study by the University of Aberdeen so the type of cheese may play a part. Also if more of the participant’s calorific content is from cheese, it is likely they are replacing meat with cheese, typical of?many vegetarians who use cheese as a protein replacement for meat. In this case, one would hope they are also eating a higher percentage of fruit and vegetables. “The study was published in the International Dairy Journal, and did not conclusively establish the link between dairy and fatty diets and brain power”,?say the Daily Mail

More relevant is a U.S. study, published in Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology,? involving 104 pensioners, where scientists found older people with higher levels of (Omega-3 essential fats) in their blood had less brain shrinkage typical of Alzheimer?s disease.? Relevant because it measured Omega-3 in blood, rather than relying on food diaries.

A study published in the journal Archives of Neurology found that people with the highest levels of DHA in their blood had a 50 percent lower risk of developing dementia from any cause. After nine years, they were also shown to be less prone to Alzheimer?s.

The article is right to point out the perils of very low fat diets, we need essential fat for the integrity of all cell membranes and for optimal inter cellular communication a dysfunction of which is linked to diabetes and heart disease. The type of fat is essential, as is the type and balance of cholesterol in the blood. Too little of good cholesterol could be almost as harmful as too much bad cholesterol. This is why the medical profession are now looking at triglycerides as a more reliable method of assessing chronic disease risk.? Meta analysis of algae Omega-3 DHA studies have shown algal oil to be useful in reducing triglycerides

Another? study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found the children of women who had high levels of DHA in their red blood cells around the time they gave birth, scored above average on the intelligence tests at age six. Other studies on fish oil supplements have struggled to prove the benefits of fish oil but this could be because many fish oil supplement research studies are on Cod Liver Oil and this may skew the meta analysis into a neutral conclusion.

Cod liver oil is not the optimum source of Omega-3, it’s cheap but not necessarily good value. Firstly cod liver oil is over 70% not Omega-3. Cod liver oil is mainly saturated and mono-unsaturated fats, already abundant in our diets and found to thwart Omega-3 conversion in our bodies. Cod liver oil is only around 22% Omega-3 and even less than that of DHA. There are also numerous citations of Cod liver oil found to be contaminated with illegal levels of mercury,?PCBs and dioxins. We feel it’s?detected contamination would logically be more frequent?if it were tested more frequently.

Trans fats

Another problem are trans fats in the diet, the? subject of many new laws and legislation to ban or seriously restrict their use especially in restaurants.

Dr Alex Richardson, a research fellow at the University of Oxford and an authority on the impact of nutrition on the brain, is particularly concerned by trans-fats. ?They should have been banned years ago,? she says. ?They are toxic.?

One of the most damaging things about these fats, she adds, is that they actually stop essential fats, such as Omega 3, from being absorbed in the brain.

Leading health consultant and Nutritionist in London Yvonne Bishop-Weston reveals “It’s not just trans-fats that make it difficult to attain the optimum balance of Omega-3 fats from our diet. We need a number of vitamins and minerals such as b vitamins and zinc to process basic Omega-3 fats into longer chain EPA and DHA. The modern half food diet of junk food rather than whole food? is deficient in these nutrients. The balance and ratio of triglycerides and Omega-6 and Omega-3 plays a part too as they need similar nutrients and enzymes to be processed. If your little bit of Omega-3 is crowded out and last in the queue at the bus stop it won’t get to your brain where its’ needed.? If you get tested and find you have insufficient DHA for optimal health and reduced risk of disease, combined with a healthier diet a very pure EPA/ DHA supplement is the most reliable to get you back on track.

Read the Daily Mail article: Fat lot of good: How eating more cheese and milk could make you brainier

See Vegetarian Omega-3 EPA DHA now 410mg of DHA/EPA per daily dose approx cost ?10 per month* (*3 for 2 offer) from? NuIQue

See also Vegetarian Omega 3 DHA vs Fish Oil Supplements

Fish and Fish Oil increase risk of Diabetes?

Dietary Omega-3 fatty acids and fish consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes.

Swimming in Sludge

Are Fish Toxic?

In a Harvard study of 36,328 women who participated in the Women’s Health Study, and who were observed from 1992 to 2008, it was found that marine, but not plant-based Omega-3 fatty acids, increased the risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Jan;93(1):143-50. Epub 2010 Oct 27. Diousse et al

We presume this is because Fish oil comes free with saturated animal fat which is abundant in the modern diet whereas, plant sources of Omega-3 escape that hazard. Unless it is due to contamination from toxins in the sea absorbed by the fish.

This is another good reason to use plant based Omega-3 essential fatty acids like Nuique.

Vegetarian and Vegan Omega 3 EPA DHA vs Fish Oil Supplements

Choosing Omega-3 DHA rich supplements can be a difficult choice, but fish oil is rarely better than algae oil. Promoting health with algae derived Omega 3 is the answer and below we discuss what to look for when you are searching for pure, unadulterated, quality, uncontaminated, therapeutic strength long chain Omega-3 essential fatty acids DHA and EPA.

V Pure Omega 3 dha vegetarian vegan supplement

V Pure Omega 3 DHA / EPA from sustainably farmed algae. Vegetarian / Vegan , toxin-free and good value for money.

Algae Omega-3 Vs Fish Omega-3 – The Benefits Of DHA-rich Algal Oil

So how do you choose from the vast array of Omega-3 essential fatty acid supplements on the market?

Here are some key factors to look out for when choosing an Omega-3 product

Toxins, Toxicity, Poisons, Contamination

A few years ago a number of retailers including Boots the chemist had to withdraw Cod Liver Oil Fish Oil products because they had levels of toxins ubiquitously found in the sea that were above the safety levels set by the UK Government.

Humans treat the oceans like a giant sewer, a giant global cesspit for all humanity.

The trouble is with contamination, like BSE, if you don’t look for it you won’t find it and it’s quite unusual for products like this to be officially tested.

The other problem is that even though low levels of toxins in fish oil may pass the regulatory limits, and not be dangerous on their own, no-one seems to have considered what cumulative amounts of different toxins, added together in a cocktail of poisons, can have on the body. What effects do combinations of these different toxins have on our risk of cancer for instance?

Some known toxins are not even officially tested for despite prolific traces found in fish through independent testing.

The best strategy to avoid risk is to avoid all fish oil products and only choose products that have pure EPA and DHA in them that has been purified. Cod liver oil in particular is from the liver of the fish and is the oil filter that protects the fish, so why would you consume the part of the fish that is likely to have the most amounts of toxins. This may have made sense for your grandmother, but the seas are now so polluted it’s a risk factor you can live without.

Algal oil is farmed in a controlled environment that avoids contamination from the sea and is then filtered to separate the key EPA and DHA parts of the Omega-3 oil that are so beneficial for optimal health.

Sustainability, conservation and protecting the environment

Environmental scientists and researchers now predict that if urgent steps are not taken immediately to halt the rape of our seas and oceans it will now be only a few years before there are no fish left in the ocean. This doesn’t just have aesthetic and ethical implications, the fact that we’ve robbed our children of a rich biological heritage.

In the film ‘Sea The Truth’ by the Sea First Foundation, Dos Winkel and eminent marine biologists reveal that fish have a vital part to play in maintaining the delicate balance, of not just the life in the oceans, but the whole planet.

The oceans, covering two thirds of the planet play an even more important role in cleaning our atmosphere than that of our dwindling rainforests. The algae and plankton that live on the surface of the sea are the true lungs of our planet and we are killing it. New toxic strains of algae are growing out of control as nature uses up organophosphates and nitrogen washed into the sea. Meanwhile the beneficial algae and plankton are following the fate of the coral reefs, dying from over acidification of our sea.

Fish play a vital role in balancing alkaline pH levels as they help neutralise the acid. No fish = more acid= less plankton = more C02 = less oxygen and a grave danger to life on planet Earth.

Not only do we waste fish for human consumption through bycatch , we devastate fish stocks by catching them to feed to chickens, pigs, cows, even other fish. We also scoop up millions of tonnes of fish each year to squeeze out the oil to be used by cosmetic, industrial and pharmaceutical industries.

We need to stop immediately before it’s too late.

Value for money, best buy, cost effective alternatives to fish oil

As fish become more scarce and smaller fishing fleets and trawlers have to travel further away to find less fish. As fish become more toxic, expensive decontamination and purification methods need to be deployed in an attempt to try to keep fish oil below the government’s maximum levels of permitted toxins.

Beware products promoting Omega-3 supplements which are labelled Omega-3, 6 and 9, this is a waste of money. They are usually cheap blended vegetable oils ? Omega-9 from olive oil, Omega-6 from sunflower oil and Omega-3 from flax and or rapeseed oil. This is a ridiculously expensive way of buying these oils and typically it’s only the Omega-3 part that we need more of. If you need more Omega-6 then choose GLA rich safflower, evening primrose or Echium oil. Omega-9 is not an essential fat and most people get plenty from olive oil. Hempseeds have a good mix of Omega-6, Omega-9 and basic short chain Omega-3 and are considerably cheaper than a supplement!