Fish Oils: Good, but often contaminated, so buyers be wary.

Fish Oils: Good, but often contaminated, so buyers be wary. 

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the many clinically established health benefits of omega-3, but are equally concerned with contamination issues. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish, such as salmon, tuna and halibut, commonly used in fish oil products are often polluted. There is also evidence of this contamination getting into some fish oil products – especially cancer inducing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and dioxins. 

You need to select a brand that has been molecularly purified and is pharmaceutical grade. We have selected such brands at IMI for some time, but recently sourced a superior brand, Vital Nutrients that is more economical. Every Vital Nutrients fish oil product is tested for mercury, 17 dioxins and 14 PCBs to ensure superior quality and safety. Vital Nutrients’ standard for contaminant testing far exceeds all regulatory agencies in the world. Their heir manufacturing plant is certified cGMP. 

Raw Material Is Always Independently Laboratory Tested For:

  • 17 Dioxins & Dioxin-Like Compounds & 14 PCBs – All Fish Oil Products (We've found no other company that does this.)

All Vital Nutrients' Products Are Tested For: 

  1. Microbiology Contamination
  2. Herbicide, Pesticide and Fungicide Residues
  3. Heavy Metals – mercury, lead cadmium, arsenic
  4. Multiple Chemical Solvent Residues
  5. Aflatoxins
  6. Peroxides & Anisidines – cause rancidity
  7. Authenticity
  8. Potency

Finished Product Is Always Independently Laboratory Tested For:

  1. Label Claim Potency
  2. Microbiology Contamination
  3. Stability & Expiration Date Validation

As a result of their superior purity and quality you’ll find us recommending the Vital Nutrients brand more often at INL. 

OMEGA-3 FACT FILE: Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to human health but cannot be manufactured by the body, therefore, they have to be obtained from food or via supplementation. They play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development. These essential fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be particularly important for cognitive and behavioral function. 

Extensive research indicates that omega-3 fatty acids are needed by the body to manage inflammation and risk factors associated with heart disease. The Physician's Health Study reported that consumption of one or more servings of fish per week was associated with a 52% lower risk of sudden cardiac disease compared to less than one meal of fish per week. The American Heart Association made comprehensive reviews of the data between fish or fish oil consumption and cardiovascular disease. The report recommends dietary or supplemental fish oil for individuals with heart disease and elevated triglyceride levels. See for many good omega-3 studies