Not all fish oil is created equal.
Supermarket shelves are lined with a plethora of options to choose from.
How do you know which fish oil is of the highest quality - and, more importantly - safe?
To help guide you, we created a list of the four crucial components to evaluate when considering any fish oil supplement.
Following these rules will help you find the best quality fish oil supplement.
There are two forms of fish oil that are found in most supplement options - an ethyl ester and a triglyceride.
High quality fish oil should come in a natural triglyceride form. This is the preferred natural form of Omega-3's that allows for superior absorption.
Most fish oil products use an ethyl ester form because it is less expensive than a natural triglyceride form.
Because triglyceride fish oil is in a natural form, like any natural food, it is more prone to spoiling. This means you should look for it to be stabilized with vitamin E (as mixed tocopherols) and rosemary extract to ensure maximum purity and freshness.
Sustainably sourced fish from pure waters are critical for a high quality fish oil supplement with minimal adulterants.
Ideally, the fish would be processed as soon as they arrive to the shore to ensure peak freshness.
Utzy's Omega-3 Fish Oil is a high-concentration fish oil sourced from waters off the Chilean coast.
As the world’s least industrialized coastline, these cold, fresh waters provide the cleanest, most sustainable source of fish in the world.
Smaller, younger fish tend to absorb high levels of contaminants like heavy metals.
Fish like sardine, anchovy or mackerel are ideal fish because of their size and abundance found in nature.
At Utzy Naturals, we only use fish oil that has been extracted from younger, smaller fish. This ensures a fresh oil with as few adulterants naturally found in the fish.
While purifying the final product is critical, starting with small fish minimizes the amount of undesirable adulterant naturally found in the fish oil that needs to be removed.
Make sure that the fish oil you buy goes through rigorous testing.
You can ask the manufacturer for a certificate of analysis (CoA) of the most recent batch received. This will provide the specifications of the final product in relation to the industry requirements.
Additionally, you should check to see that it is third-party batch tested. Look for seals of approval by organizations like GOED and NSF. This ensures that the manufacturer is producing higher quality products and have gone above and beyond to ensure that they meet even the highest standards by third party scrutiny.
Utzy works with both GOED and NSF for our Omega-3 Fish Oil products. In addition to that, every batch of oil we produce is tested for over 250 environmental contaminants in a pharmaceutical-grade facility.
When it comes to fish oil, there are thousands of options to choose from.
Unfortunately, many of the products available on the market contain high levels of adulterants, like high levels of heavy metals, or oxidized oil. Ironically, oxidized oils are pro-inflammatory, which defeats the purpose of taking omega 3s for their anti-inflammatory properties.
By producing our fish oil products in small batches, and bottling in smaller quantities, we ensure a fresh product for each of our customers.
Utzy's Omega-3 Fish Oil products are sourced from small fish off the coast of Chile. They go from sea-to-capsule the very day they are caught and are processed to be a bio-identical triglyceride form of oil. Our fish oil products are molecularly distilled and tested for over 250 contaminants, which is validated by our partners at GOED and NSF.
The high dose found in Utzy's Omega-3 Fish Oil minimizes the number of soft gels needed each day. This ensures better compliance with taking these essential fatty acids each.
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