What are Spring Valley Fish Oil and is this a good fish oil supplement to use?
Spring Valley is a popular nutritional supplement company that make affordable fish oils found in many big box retailers and drug store chains.
These products contain a proprietary omega 3 fatty acid called MEG-3. These omega 3 concentrates are made by Ocean Nutrition Canada (ONC); one of the largest companies who is licensed to produce and supply high concentration fish oils to many nutritional supplement companies around the world.
MEG-3 fish oils were introduced to the nutritional supplement market in 2004. Ocean Nutrition Canada claims their product is one of the purest and safest omega 3 fish oils available.
The oils are apparently tested to conform to a number of purity and quality standards, including standards set forth by Health Canada’s Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate cGMP requirements, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) and the European Commission.
Their website also states their Quality Control program complies with the Council for Responsible Nutrition's (CRN) Omega-3 Monograph, HACCP, and cGMP, including cGMP compliance for pharmaceuticals in Canada.
The quality and purity is so high that select MEG-3 fish oils are recognized by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). I believe these are are pretty good credentials as the USP sets standards for all prescription drugs, nutritional supplements and other healthcare products made and sold in the United States.
This supplement is available in 1000 mg. enteric-coated capsules and comes packaged in a number of different sizes; ranging from 60 to 250 soft gels per bottle.
I've compared a number of online retailers for price comparisons and found the average prices are $5 - $10 for the 60 count bottle and just over $20 for the 250 count bottle.
Ingredient Label from 1000 mg.
The ingredient labels claim each 1000 mg. soft gel provides 180 mg. of EPA and 120 mg. of DHA. This dosage provides about 300 mg. of omega 3 fatty acids (30% concentration) which is a standard concentration found in many fish oil soft gels.
Unlike the traditional yellow-clear color associated with many soft gels, Spring Valley capsules are enteric-coated with a white waxy layer. Enteric coated fish oil are reported to help improve digestion of the fatty acids and prevents fishy aftertaste by enhancing digestion in the small intestine.
Customer reviews at Amazon.com shows about 50% of customer were happy with them. Some customers complained of broken capsules, large sized pills and misleading labels. There are other complaints from customers not happy with the label claims of 1000 mg. of omega 3 fatty acids; this is actually the size of the soft gel, not the amount of EPA and DHA you get per soft gel.
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Taken as a general fish oil supplement, I don't think you can go wrong with Spring Valley fish oils. You get a highly purified, enteric-coated fish oil supplement at an affordable price.
However, I don't think this brand isn't suitable if you want a higher concentration of EPA and DHA. I'd suggest using Dr. Sears Fish Oils if you want the highest concentration of EPA and DHA from your fish oil.
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