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Title: Determination of mercury and cadmium levels in omega-3 food supplements available on the Ghanaian market
Authors: Oti-Boakye, Adolf
Acheampong, Akwasi
Natha, Ohene Gyang
Agbosu, Akorfa Akosua
Agyei, Amoah Charles
Keywords: Metals
omega-3
cardio-protective
pharmaceutical
Issue Date: Mar-2017
Publisher: African Journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry
Citation: African Journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Vol. 12(6), pp. 50-53
Abstract: The numerous reputed health benefits of the omega-3s (eicosapentaenoic acid [EPA] and docosahexaenoic acid [DHA]), particularly, their cardio-protective effects have led to the manufacture of omega-3 supplements by various pharmaceutical companies resulting in their flooding of the Ghanaian market. Coldwater fishes which are the primary sources of the omega-3 fatty acids are known to have high levels of mercury and cadmium in them. There is therefore the potential of mercury and cadmium poisoning in the course of people taking the omega-3 food supplements. Mercury and cadmium levels in ten products of omega-3 food supplements have been determined in order to ascertain their safety for human consumption. All the levels of mercury and cadmium determined were within the acceptable limits stipulated by Food and Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization, and therefore do not pose any health threat to consumers.
Description: This article is published in African Journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry and also available at DOI: 10.5897/AJPAC2016. 0675
URI: 10.5897/AJPAC2016. 0675
http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/12325
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