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You may haveÂ come across theÂ famous statement fromÂ American Heart Association as “Omega-3 fatty acids benefit the heart of healthy people, and those at high risk ofÂ -Â or who haveÂ -Â cardiovascular disease since the scientific statement was released in 2002. The market just went crazy with thousands of fish oil supplements claiming to be the best. As a consumer, the keyÂ question isÂ howÂ to decide on the right fish oil supplement that would actually help you reduce the risk of heart disease.
When my husband had CRVO which is also known as “stroke of the eye” he underwent many blood tests and the doctors concluded that this happened due to his high cholesterol. This is when we realized the true meaning of the phrase “cholesterol is a silent killer”. He was immediately put on statins but his doctor also suggested him to take fish oils. I went to Walmart and found many brands of fish oils. I was faced with this very difficult task of picking a good supplement that would actually work as per all the research out there. UnfortunatelyÂ fish oil manufacturingÂ is an unregulated industry in the United States. For general multivitamins there is the USP (United States Pharmacopia)Â standard which is met by most nationwide brands of vitamins such as Centrum or NatureMade. Also, Centrum is made byÂ Wyeth consumer healthcare with pharmaceutical manufacturing experience. However when it comes to fish oils there is no standard in the US.
If you are like most people, you would look for convenience – can I just go to Sam’s Club or Walmart and buy a 6 month supply of someÂ fish oil supplement.Â I started to shop around for fish oils based onÂ American Heart Association’s recommendation of at least1 grams of EPA +Â DHA (the two most commmonÂ omega-3 fatty acids in fish) per serving. To my surprise I went through all the bottles in all the major chain stores and found nothing met the requirements. Right there, I had to take a step back and educate myself much more.
I made a list of the requirements for picking out a suitable fish oil supplement. First and foremost, I was looking for transparancy. If anyone advertized saying secret formula or propreitery formula, this was an indication for me to get away from these. There are many of these in the market place where the ingredient label will simply say “Marine Lipid Extract” without any further details. I made it a point to stay away from these.
I started to look out for reputable organizations that are vendor neutralÂ to educate myself. I came acrossÂ some reputed non-profit organizations that are willing to help educate consumers. One such organization is the DHA/ EPA Omega-3 Institute run by Dr. Holub, Professor Emeritus, Department of Human Health & Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph.Â He is an expert in the field with hisÂ research program focused on dietary omega-3 fatty acids from fish/fish oils, plant oils, and resulting nutraceuticals plus functional foods for human health and the prevention/management of cardiovascular disease and other chronic disorders.Â You can ask questions on their website and get reliable answers from experts.Â
Another excellent source isÂ theÂ International Omega-3 Learning and Education Consortium for Health and Medicine at Purdue University. Their mission is to facilitate learning by consumers and healthcare professionals about omega-3 fatty acids in food, nutrition, and medicine; to disseminate knowledge for improving nutrition and diet with omega-3 fatty acids and to advance education concerning technologies for broadening the food applications for these nutrients that benefit humans and companion animals. Again this is an excellent resource with full of reliable and useful information and vendor/ brand neutral. It is not surprising that the International Omega-3 Learning and EducationÂ Consortium and DHA/EPA Omega-3 Institute are partners.
By reading through these, you will come across The International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS). IFOSÂ is a global program that provides a service to consumers and industry groups that promote the use of omega-3 products in every country of the world. As a reliable source for third party validation, the IFOS program performs testing for the omega-3 supplement industry and reports the findings following a ranking system for fish oils and cod liver oils. IFOS, through Nutrasource Diagnostics Inc. (NDI, with its certified and accredited reference laboratory partners) tests consumer-ready fish oil products submitted by the manufacturer. The testing is done in accordance with the voluntary monograph on omega-3 products and safety standards of the Council for Responsible Nutrition for human consumption (testing for PCB, mercury, heavy metals, and oxidation levels) and the standard set by World Health Organization (Dioxin and Furan levels). IFOS is located at the University of Guelph in Canada.
With increased awareness around product quality, it becomes much easier to shop for the best supplements for the whole family. As a final step, it is worth looking at the reviews by ConsumerLab, which is an independent testing lab that tests most national brands of health supplements. I purchased their 2008 report for omega-3 fatty acids/ fish oils supplements guide and this lists you the best omega-3 fish oils with clear ranking for purity, concentration and freshness (oxidation levels).
To summarize my findings, any fish oil supplement you choose should meet the following criteria:
Transparancy and truth in labeling: The label needs to clearly specify nutritional information. Amounts of EPA and DHAÂ should be explicitly specified. The ingredients should specifically stateÂ the kind of fish used to extract the oil. Commonly used fish includesÂ anchovies, sardines, salmon etc. The manufacturing process needs to be mentioned and if any 3rd party testing results are available, the label may reference those. The manufacturing location and fishing location information is also indication of prodcut quality. Products manufactured close to the fishing source generally tend to be able to capture the maximum fresness. For maximum absorption, the natural triglyceride form (the form of most fats we normally intake) is ideal.
Manufacturing Process: You don’t have to be a scientist to distinguish manufacturing process. Look for molecular distillation as a very important keyword. In addition the process itself, look for the manufacturing facility specifications. For a product to be labeled pharmaceutical grade, the manufacturing needs to occur in what is known as a GMP facility – the same kind of facilities used to make prescription drugs with strict quality controls in place. So, having a product that is “pharmaceutical grade” and “molecularly distilled” is very important.
InternationalÂ Standards:We talked a lot about standards. Standards are set to protect consumers. Fish oil quality standards do not exist in the United States. However, we can look for standards set by other nations such as the stringent Norwegian Medicinal Standard (NMS) and the European Pharmacopoeia Standard (EPS)Â which guarantee quality products by setting maximum allowances on peroxides, heavy metals, dioxins, furans, and PCBs.
Endorsements and Awards:Fish oil is so mainstream that we do not need to find some unknown company. Finding a