by Jolie Root, LPN, LNC
There’s nothing fishy about it – omega-3s are important to our health, which is why we should all take a fish oil supplement daily. The benefits are enormous and the downside non-existent. One thing to remember though: we want to make absolutely sure that our omega-3 supplements are of the very best quality. To me, that means the brand should be Carlson. Here’s why:
Quality Assurance on Every Label
When you purchase an omega-3 supplement from Carlson, you know exactly what you’re getting. Freshness, potency, and purity are guaranteed, as confirmed on every label. Carlson assures consistency from batch to batch. The reason this is possible is because Carlson fish oils are purified using a state-of-the-art process. All Carlson liquid fish oils are bottled at a highly regulated Norwegian facility and are nitrogen flushed to remove any air and to prevent oxidation inside the sealed bottle.
To further ensure Carlson omega-3s are fresh, potent, and pure, Carlson fish oils are tested by an independent FDA-registered laboratory. Carlson omega-3s are also approved by the International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS) program, the only third-party testing and certification program exclusively for fish oil supplements. IFOS has a five-star rating system, and Carlson fish oils are consistently awarded the maximum amount of stars. To verify the IFOS rating of a product, visit www.nutrasource.ca/ifos.
Another distinction of Carlson omega-3s are their delicious flavors, which have won Superior Taste Awards by the International Taste and Quality Institute (iTQi). iTQi is the leading independent chef and sommelier organization dedicated to testing and promoting superior tasting food and drinks from around the world. A panel of renowned chefs and sommeliers judge products in a blind taste test. The judges assign each product a numeric score based on a sensory analysis that incorporates the product’s appearance, smell, texture, flavor, and mouth feel.
The consensus: Carlson fish oils are always fresh and never fishy. Once you give them a try, you’ll know what we mean.
Another advantage to Carlson products is clear labeling. When you look at the front and back of a Carlson label, you know exactly what you’re getting. Carlson is transparent about which fish are used in the formula and what form the fish oils is. Carlson fish oils are available in TG, EE, and rTG forms, and several long-term studies have found very little difference in bioavailability between these forms. On the front of the label, Carlson provides the total amount of omega-3s per serving, and on the back further breaks this down by EPA and DHA amounts.
Kudos to Carlson for offering the widest selection of omega-3 supplements, making it easier than ever to get high-quality, professional-strength levels of EPA and DHA at a very competitive price. And if you prefer to receive a higher level of EPA or DHA, they offer that too.
Elite DHA Gems provide 1,000 mg of DHA in a single soft gel. Elite EPA Gems provide 1,000 mg of EPA in a single soft gel. High potency soft gels of combined EPA and DHA are also available, with Elite Omega-3 Gems and Maximum Omega 2000. Carlson also offers highly concentrated liquid fish oils that provide more than 2,000 mg of omega-3s per teaspoon. View their full line up of omega-3s here.
A final point that sets Carlson apart is the Carlson family’s commitment to our planet and the environment. Carlson manages all of their fish oils from sea to store, ensuring that every product made uses sustainable fishing practices and high-quality, nutrient-rich fish. Carlson partners with low-impact fisheries that employ ethical practices. Sustainability ensures the fish used to make Carlson products are easily and quickly replenished due to the natural fish lifecycle.
The Daily Dose blog features health and wellness articles from Senior Nutritionist & Educator Jolie Root, LPN,LNC; Nutritionist & Educator Laurel Sterling, MA, RDN, CDN; and Featured Guest Blogger Karen Roth, MSNC. Other guest bloggers will also join us.