Caution urged in fish oil supplement use

04/22/2004 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Just as fish oil has come back in vogue in response to mounting evidence of its health benefits, officials are discouraging the heavy reliance on fish oil supplements. The United States Pharmacopeia, or USP, last month warned that fish oil pills could contain PCBs, arsenic and other toxins that can accumulate in wild fish, and they discouraged use of the supplements as an excuse to forego nutritious fish meals for alternatives of artery-clogging meat.

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