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Flaxseed and Other Popular Seed Oil Supplements Tested by ConsumerLab.com, But Not All Brands Pass

Flaxseed, Black Currant, Borage and Evening Primrose Oils with ALA or GLA Reviewed
White Plains, New York, May 7, 2014 — Plant seed oils are popular supplements that provide omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, but which products offer the best value and quality? Recent analyses by ConsumerLab.com found that only 14 of 16 products selected for testing contained what was stated on the labels. One supplement was found to completely lack the omega-6 fatty acid GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), indicating that it didn't contain a plant oil it promised. Another product mislabeled its amount of oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid.  

Flaxseed oil is rich in the omega-3 fatty acid ALA (alpha-linolenic acid).  Black currant, borage, and evening primrose oils are good sources of the omega-6 fatty acid GLA (gamma-linolenic acid). Supplements containing these oils are used in treating a variety of inflammatory diseases and other conditions.  

In addition to testing each product for omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, ConsumerLab.com tested for freshness and potential heavy metal contamination (lead, arsenic, and cadmium). ConsumerLab.com found that, among top-quality products, a consumer could obtain 200 mg of GLA for as little as 11 cents and 500 mg of ALA for just 2 cents.  

Test results and comparisons of the 16 products selected by ConsumerLab.com for testing, as well as for 10 supplements which passed the same testing through ConsumerLab.com's voluntary Quality Certification Program, are provided in a new report online at https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/Black_Currant_Borage_Evening_Primrose_and_Flaxseed_Oils_Sources_of_ALA_and_GLA_Omega-3_and_-6_Fatty_Acids/flaxseed/. The report, which includes information about the uses, dosage, and potential side-effects of these seed oil supplements, covers the following products, including two products for pets and two products similar to one which passed testing:  

Barlean's Omega Twin
Carlson Golden Primrose
CVS/pharmacy Flaxseed Oil
Finest Nutrition (Walgreens) Flaxseed Oil
HALO Purely For Pets Dream Coat
Health from the Sun Organic Evening Primrose Oil
Jarrow Formulas Borage GLA-240
Life Extension Mega GLA with Sesame Lignans
Nature Made Flaxseed Oil      
Nature's Bounty Evening Primrose Oil
Nature's Sunshine Evening Primrose Oil
Nature's Way EfaGold Borage
NOW Evening Primrose Oil
NutriCology GLA Borage Oil
Optimum Nutrition Flaxseed Oil
PetNaturals of Vermont Daily Best for Dogs
Puritan's Pride Natural Flax Oil
Rexall Flaxseed Oil
Rite Aid Omega 3-6-9
ScienceBased Health HydroEye
Simply Right (Sam's Club) Flaxseed Oil
Solgar Evening Primrose Oil
Spectrum Essentials Borage Oil
Spring Valley (Walmart) Flaxseed Oil
Standard Process Linum B6
Vitacost Flaxseed Oil
Vitamin Shoppe Flax Seed Oil
Vitamin World Flax Oil


ConsumerLab.com is a leading provider of consumer information and independent evaluations of products that affect health and nutrition. Membership to ConsumerLab.com is available online, providing immediate access to independent reviews of more than 1,000 products. The company is privately held and based in Westchester, New York. It has no ownership from, or interest in, companies that manufacture, distribute, or sell consumer products. ConsumerLab.com is affiliated with PharmacyChecker.com, an evaluator of online pharmacies, and MedicareDrugPlans.com, which reviews and rates Medicare Part D plans.