Guide to IFOS Fish Oils
IFOS fish oils are ultra high-grade fish oil supplements that have been tested to meet very strict standards of purity and quality.
The IFOS stands for International Fish Oils Standards and its operated by an independent Canadian company called Nutrasource.
Nutrasource acts as a third-party laboratory that nutritional supplement companies hire to test and certify their products.
The IFOS currently certifies over 100 different brand names and tests 10’s of thousands of products.
Nutrasource is the only company in the world that tests individual lot numbers of fish oils so consumers can verify specific products.
Why You Should Use IFOS Fish Oils
Using IFOS-certified fish oils ensures that your product meets high standards of purity, quality and omega 3 fatty acid concentrations.
Fish oils are a popular nutritional supplement. It is one of the best natural sources of the omega 3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
EPA and DHA have been shown in studies to help improve cardiovascular health and enhance mood.
One of the main issues with using nutritional supplements, such as fish oils, is the risk for poor quality and contamination.
Using IFOS fish oils ensures that the fish oil has met specific standards from purity, quality and omega 3 fatty acid concentrations.
The most popular reports from the IFOS are their 5 Star Ratings Reports.
This category is used to test ultra-refined, high-concentrated fish oils that contain a minimum 60 percent of combined eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
The tested product is given ‘5 Stars’ if it meets criteria in five specific areas:
Star 1 – Product Passes all CRN/WHO* Testing Categories
Star 2 – Product Tests show Minimum 60% EPA plus DHA combined concentration
Star 3 – Oxidation Level less than 75% of CRN Standard
Star 4 – PCB Levels less than 50% of CRN Standard
Star 5 – Dioxin and Furan Levels less than 50% of WHO Standard
*The CRN/WHO standards are set by the CRN (Council for Responsible Nutrition) and WHO (World Health Organization).
The 5 Star Rating is further classified as follows:
- 5 Star – Exceptional Product Batch
- 4 Star – Very Good Batch
- 3 Star – Good Batch
- 2 Star – Fair Batch
- 1 Star – Poor Batch
This rating system allows consumers to instantly know the overall quality and purity of a specific brand of fish oil.
Updated List of Approved IFOS Fish Oils (2018)
While the list of companies that test their fish oils is constantly being updated, here’s the current list of companies that have IFOS-certified fish oil.
You can get the actual test results and batch numbers of each specific product on the IFOS Product Reports site.
- AM-BWell Omega-3 Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oils
- EnerZona Omega-3 Rx
- Health First Network Omega First
- Biodroga Canada Inc. Sweet Mandarin Orange Fish Oil
- Life Extension Super EPA/DHA
- Nordic Naturals ProDHA
- Nutravite Pharmaceuticals Inc. Fish Friends
- Platinum Naturals Omega Pure Super 800
- Rebound Omega Max
- See Yourself Well Omega-3
- Theralogiz TherOmega
- Trilogy International Sealogix
- Omegor Vitality
- Vitoria Biosciences Omapure
- Zone Labs OmegaRX
- Zone Labs EicoPro
- Zone Labs EicoRX
You should be aware that not all manufacturers will test every single batch in their inventory. Also, a company is not obligated to publicly release the test results of any fish oils that receive 1 Star (Poor Batch) ratings.
You can find many International Fish Oil Standard Fish Oils at online retailers, as well as your local health food stores.