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Don’t be fooled by the amount of “fish oil” on the front of the label. Instead, look for the amounts of EPA and DHA listed on the back of the bottle.
You’ll need at least 500 mg per dose of the omega-3s EPA and DHA. You’ll need a higher daily amount to treat some conditions; to avoid having to take too many softgels, pick a liquid or a product with a higher concentration of omega-3s.
Look out for oils that have gone rancid (this is hard to tell before you buy) or will go rancid (near their “best by” date). If you choose a bottled oil, use it up within two to three weeks of opening and always close tight and refrigerate.
You don’t have to pay a lot. There are good omega-3 oil supplements on the market for as little 5 or 6 cents per 500 mg of omega-3.
Of the products tested, Life Extension’s Super Omega and AdvoCare Omegaplex Omega-3s are among those that passed ConsumerLab.com’s tests.
Probiotics are live microorganisms (in most cases, bacteria) that are similar to the beneficial microorganisms naturally found in the human gut. These “good bacteria” are used to prevent and alleviate many different conditions but particularly those that affect the gastrointestinal tract. Probiotics have been shown to help regulate digestion and treat vaginal infection.
Scam: Probiotics are filled with living microorganisms that can die if the product is not properly made, shipped and stored. Of the 13 products we tested, more than half of the products did not contain the labeled amount of probiotics, and one contained as little as 7% of its listed amount.
Watch for an asterisk on the packaging. Scamming companies will often claim a certain number of CFUs (Colony Forming Units) on their label, using an asterisk to footnote that this was the number “at the time of manufacture.” Be aware that an amount of probiotics listed “at time of manufacture” doesn’t tell you how many you’ll get when purchased, which can be much lower.
Probiotics that have been shown to work in irritable bowel syndrome, vaginal infections, and antibiotic-related diarrhea typically provide 1 billion or more live organisms per day, although this may vary and be somewhat lower for children.
Keep probiotics in a cool, dry place out of sunlight. If ordered online, request refrigerated shipping.