NOW Foods Omega-3 Molecularly DistilledOmega-3
: Molecularly Distilled
- Cardiovascular Support
- 180 EPA / 120 DHA
- Supports Heart Health*
- A Dietary Supplement
Natural Fish Oil Concentrate used in this softgel is manufactured under
strict quality control standards. It is tested to be free of
potentially harmful levels of contaminants (i.e. mercury, heavy metals,
PCB's, dioxins, and other contaminants).
Supportive but not
conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty
acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.Suggested Usage
As a dietary supplement, take 2 softgels 1 to 3 times daily with food.
Omega-3 FAQsQ. What is Omega-3 and what is it good for?A.
Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid (EFA), also known as a
polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA). It is derived from both animal
and plant sources, although Omega-3 from fish oil is the most common
supplemental form. Fatty acids form the main useful fraction of fats
and oils and are necessary for overall health. Because your body cannot
manufacture essential fatty acids, you must get them from food or
Plant sources such as Flax Oil contain the
parent Omega-3 fatty acid called Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). The
human body normally converts ALA to the longer chain fatty acids EPA
and DHA, which are used for prostaglandin formation and other cellular
needs. Fish Oil contains the desired Omega-3 fatty acids in their more
useful EPA and DHA forms. ALA requires enzymatic conversion to generate
EPA and DHA.Q. What does:
"Free of potentially harmful levels of mercury, heavy metal,
PCBs, dioxins and other potentially harmful contaminants " mean?A.
fish contain contaminants due to either man-made pollution or natural
impurities in seas and fresh water. As with all our natural products,
we take care to ensure that they are tested for contaminants as
necessary. All our fish oils have been evaluated for a variety of
contaminants. Heavy metals and mercury are checked using a
sophisticated instrument called ICP-MS. We have this instrument
in-house and do these tests on a regular basis. Our standards are set
to the AHPA standards, which are tighter than most other scientific
based standards. We have a long historical record of PCB and dioxin
testing for our fish oils. The most recognized world standard is the
European Commission standard, which has been adopted by the US
Pharmacopeia. This standard for PCBs, dioxins and other similar
contaminants takes into account the toxicity of the different PCBs and
dioxins. This standard is a true safety standard and we follow this
guideline. You can learn more about PCBs in this article, PCBs, Fish
and Fish Oil, by Rick Sharpee, Ph.D. We also test our fish oils for
other contaminants such as bacteria and pathogens. Our fish oils are
generally safer than eating fish because of the additional purification
steps that take place. These steps may include absorbent technologies
and molecular distillation, depending on the type of fish oil.Q. Is your New Omega-3 Fish Oil softgel pharmaceutical grade?A.
There is a lot of confusion caused by supplement distributors who claim
to have a pharmaceutical grade Omega 3 Fish Oil. There is no such thing
in the United States, as the official USP (United States Pharmacopeia)
monograph that defines the testing specifications necessary to qualify
Omega 3 Fish oils as pharmaceutical grade has never been published.
Anyone claiming to have "pharmaceutical grade" fish oils is simply
over-hyping their product by claiming to meet a non-existent standard.
NOW does not claim this, as it is simply not possible.
there is a voluntary CRN (Council for Responsible Nutrition) monograph
that is being utilized to define the specifications necessary to
qualify a pure Omega 3 EPA/DHA product. NOW's Omega 3 Enteric-coated
Fish oil softgels meet the criteria in the CRN Monograph for EPA/DHAQ. Why is your Omega-3 Fish Oil Molecularly Distilled?A.
The Omega-3 Fish Oil used in these products are from fish caught in
either Norway or Peru and are generally processed utilizing high vacuum
Molecular Distillation. This processing technique guarantees the
production of high purity EPA/DHA triglyceride Omega-3 Fish Oils and
minimizes the presence of impurities.Q. What fish are used for producing the Omega-3 Fish Oil?A.
Sardines, Anchovies and Mackerel are the primary species used in the production of our Omega-3 Fish Oils.Q. What does "enteric-coated" mean?A.
The special enteric-coated softgels used to deliver Molecularly
Distilled Omega 3 Fish Oil protect the contents of the capsule from
stomach acid by preventing gastric juices from dissolving the softgel
in the stomach. This allows people to enjoy the benefits of Omega 3
Fish Oil without having the fish oil taste "repeat". The enteric-coated
softgel will then release the Omega 3 fish oil in the alkaline
environment beyond the stomach.Q. Are your Fish Oil products high in Vitamin A?A.
Omega-3 fish oils are made from the whole bodies of fish such as
sardines, anchovies, and mackerel, rather than from fish liver oil.
Omega-3 fish oils are body oils that undergo purification to remove
these vitamins and provide EPA and DHA.
Fish Liver Oils (such as Cod Liver Oil) usually do contain vitamins A and D along with some EPA and DHA.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.