A recent report on national television displayed a very high number of fish oil supplements from questionable sources. Many brands on the report had very “fishy” labels and ingredients.
Although, this should not really be considered “news”, many people are still not aware of the poor quality of some fish oil brands available nationwide in department stores and pharmacies.
Fish oil supplements have become popular in recent years due to the health benefits from this natural product. Fish oil can improve cholesterol levels, prevent heart attack, support brain health, and promote proper function of the immune and nervous system. Supplements are usually made from mackerel, herring, tuna, halibut, salmon, and cod liver oil.
As more consumers have started taking “fish pills”, studies and medical research continue to prove the benefits of fish oil, so this trend is likely to continue for the upcoming years.
Many companies claim their fish oil is “pharmaceutical grade,” creating the impression of superior quality and purity. However, there is no standard definition of pharmaceutical grade fish oil.
Fish oil from Norway is generally top rated on the market because of its purity and high content of omega-3 DHA. The oil is extracted from fish from deep cold waters in Norway, where there is minimal pollution and plenty of plankton, the actual source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Norwegian fish oil supplements should be the best products available but you need to check for reliable brands, as anyone can label a product “from Norway” and may be actually manufacturing products in fish oil farms anywhere in the planet.
Check for these organizations letters (NMS, EPS, GOED) on company’s websites or products labels. Freshness is the most important aspect for quality fish oils as the amount of peroxide indicates the freshness of the product. The lower the peroxide value, the fresher the fish oil is, and reliable brands generally post this important information on their websites.
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