“For the first time, we also found omega-3 products contaminated with PCBs,” says Dr. Cooperman. PCBs are man-made, carcinogenic compounds that are found in almost all fish products, and although every supplement tested contained some PCBs, two contained levels deemed unsafe by the Environmental Protection Agency.
What To Do…
But don’t give up on Omega-3, says Dr. Cooperman. As mentioned earlier, past research has shown the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA offer a load of health benefits, so if you’re not getting enough omega-3s in your diet, then supplements still make sense.
Dr. Cooperman recommends the omega-3 supplements offered by Swanson ($6.49 for 100 softgels, SwansonVitamins.com), and Vitacost ($10.43 for 120, Vitacost.com) as safe, low-cost options.