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Do you know what is in your fish oils?

Do you know what is in your fish oils?

Whilst many of us take fish oils each day for general health, for arthritis or for an inflammatory condition, have you ever stopped to think about where your fish oil comes from and how it is harvested?

One fish, two fish...

Many fish make up fish oil extracts. Some are obvious from the labelling of a product, such as those sourced from Salmon oil. Others, which use the phrase ‘fish oil’, can be sourced from a number of differing fish species, including small ocean fish such as anchovies, sardines and mackerel. When sourced from multiple species, it is important to know where your fish are caught and what standards are adhered to for the treatment of these fish, including how they are transported to an extraction facility and what safeguards are in place to assure sustainable harvesting techniques are being employed. When caught from a single species, it is important to know whether the fish are wild or farmed. If the former, it needs to be understood whether the ocean population is at risk of being decimated. If the latter, it is important to enquire on the water and feed quality of farms, to assure purity in your oil.

Sustainability, small fish are best...

In the case of sardines, anchovies and mackerel, as there is little demand for these fish from a culinary angle (we don’t eat anywhere near as many of these fish versus what the ocean provides us), sustainability can be assured as fishermen never take more from the ocean than can be replaced in the same season. This means our oceans are never deplete and our supplies never run dry, leaving both the fishermen that make a living from their harvest, and those who take fish oil daily, happy in their sustainable daily practices.

Extraction is important too

Depending on where your fish are sourced and where the oils are extracted, differing regulations apply.  In Norway, for example, the methods used to extract oils and those regarding the transportation of fish to their manufacturing facility are amongst the highest in the world. So ensuring your oil is extracted in a state-of-the-art extraction facility with high quality standards, is also of utmost importance when choosing a fish oil product.

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Do you know what is in your fish oils?

Whilst many of us take fish oils each day for general health, for arthritis or for an inflammatory condition, have you ever stopped to think about where your fish oil comes from and how it is harvested?

Whilst many of us take fish oils each day for general health, for arthritis or for an inflammatory condition, have you ever stopped to think about where your fish oil comes from and how it is harvested?

One fish, two fish...

Many fish make up fish oil extracts. Some are obvious from the labelling of a product, such as those sourced from Salmon oil. Others, which use the phrase ‘fish oil’, can be sourced from a number of differing fish species, including small ocean fish such as anchovies, sardines and mackerel. When sourced from multiple species, it is important to know where your fish are caught and what standards are adhered to for the treatment of these fish, including how they are transported to an extraction facility and what safeguards are in place to assure sustainable harvesting techniques are being employed. When caught from a single species, it is important to know whether the fish are wild or farmed. If the former, it needs to be understood whether the ocean population is at risk of being decimated. If the latter, it is important to enquire on the water and feed quality of farms, to assure purity in your oil.

Sustainability, small fish are best...

In the case of sardines, anchovies and mackerel, as there is little demand for these fish from a culinary angle (we don’t eat anywhere near as many of these fish versus what the ocean provides us), sustainability can be assured as fishermen never take more from the ocean than can be replaced in the same season. This means our oceans are never deplete and our supplies never run dry, leaving both the fishermen that make a living from their harvest, and those who take fish oil daily, happy in their sustainable daily practices.

Extraction is important too

Depending on where your fish are sourced and where the oils are extracted, differing regulations apply.  In Norway, for example, the methods used to extract oils and those regarding the transportation of fish to their manufacturing facility are amongst the highest in the world. So ensuring your oil is extracted in a state-of-the-art extraction facility with high quality standards, is also of utmost importance when choosing a fish oil product.

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