Fish Oil; What Are You Really Buying?

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When you attempt to buy fish oil products, how do you know what you are really getting?

Reading a label is not as easy or simple as most would like to believe. Why?
Because of the lack of regulation as to what is written on the label. There are two agencies which have roles in this industry. The FDA (Fed. Food and Drug Administration) which has degenerated into a wholly owned subsidiary of the drug industry, is only interested in the sanitary conditions in which food products are manufactured, and being sure that no scientifically unproven claims are made for the products. And, the FTC (Fed. Trade Commission) which supervises that anything said on the labels or advertising is actually present in the product.

For example; if the label on a vitamin says it contains Iron, it can actually have iron filings, which you cannot possibly absorb, but that satisfies the FTC, and as long as the filings are clean, the FDA is fine with it. Naturally you'll get no iron from such a product. Similar issues occur with fish oils.

The important components of fish oils are the Omega 3 fatty acids. And as long as the label lists the actual amounts of those substances, then the company is "in compliance". Thus, for instance if the label says that the gel cap contains 1200 mg of fish oil, and has 150 mg of EPA and 250 DHA , then you are, in fact getting 400 mg of Omega 3's... that's great! But what of the rest of the 1200 gm? I.e., the other 800 mg of fish oil? Omega 6 fatty acids are PRO-inflammatory... meaning they INCREASE inflammation rather then decrease it. So you could be getting up to 800 mg of stuff that's really, really bad, and the product's label is totally honest, as lies of omission are not federally actionable.

To get this data, you need to know:

  • What species of fish is being harvested?
  • From where are they harvesting it?
  • Is it being hot processed or cold processed?
  • What is the real ratio of Omega 3's to Omega 6's?


These are some of the key reasons why you should be buying your supplements from us.. Exactly because we trained to do the research for you... To know what's good and what's bad for you.