Review of Minami Fish Oil Products

Minami fish oil supplements are produced by Minami Nutrition. They were one of the first companies to use a patented distillation process to make their fish oils. 

hand holding box of minami nutrition cardiO-3 fish oil

Minami Omega Fish Oil

 

Minami fish oil supplements are produced by Minami Nutrition. They were one of the first companies to use a patented distillation process to make their fish oils. 

The majority of pharmaceutical-grade fish oils are made by a process called molecular-distillation.

This process is an expensive and very complicated technology that separates the omega 3 fatty acids by their molecular weight while in a vacuum.

The end result is a highly purified and concentrated fish oil.

What sets Minami fish oil even further ahead of the pack is they’re made by a patented “Supercritical” CO2 distillation process.

For this review, we received literature from Minami Nutrition with claims that this proprietary process uses 400% less temperature with no oxygen exposure or the use of solvents.

Minami claims their proprietary process maintains the integrity of the healthy fatty acids so that they can provide their full health benefits.

Also, Minami claims that their processing method ensures there are no saturated fats in their products.

Most fish oils sold in the U.S. actually contain saturated fats.  Minami Nutrition believes that saturated fats can affect your body’s ability to use the omega 3’s.

It appears that Minami Nutrition has focused on creating products based on the current research to address cardiac health, pregnancy, emotional and mental health.

They also have a vegan supplement formulated from a marine algae source.

 

Review of Minami Fish Oil Omega 3 Concentrates Cardi03

 

hand holding bottle of Minami Nutrition CardiO-3 fish oil

Cardi0-3

CardiO-3 is one of Minami’s most popular products. It’s marketed as an anti-inflammatory supplement for maintaining healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

The product was sold under the older brand name, PluShinzO-3.

A 1000 mg. soft gel of CardiO-3 provides 635 mg. of EPA, 194 mg. of DHA and 71 mg. of other fatty acids, totaling 900 mg. of omega 3 fatty acids.

This particular product provides a 90% concentration of omega 3 fatty acids, which is almost 3 times the standard omega 3 fatty acid concentration you would get from most commercial fish oil products.

A study published in the July 2006 journal of Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty acids indicated that omega 3 fatty acid concentrations greater than 80% provide enhanced uptake by the body and a stronger triglyceride lowering effect than lower concentration omega 3 fatty acids.

 

What are the Ingredients and Purity of Minami Fish Oil?

 

The company claims to use smaller fish such as mackerel, sardines, herrings and anchovies caught off Chilean and Spanish waters.

Minami Nutrition also claims that they have the only product to receive EMAS status, a stringent European environmental standard.

 

pouring bottle of Minami Nutrition CardiO-3 fish oil soft gels into open hand

Minami Soft Gels are made of Fish Gelatin

 

Another interesting fact about Minami fish oils is that they don’t use animal collagen to make their soft gels, only fish gelatin.

In our article, A Closer Look at Liquid Fish Oil vs. Capsules we discussed how most fish oil soft gels are made with animal collagen derived from cows or pigs.

The ingredient label on CardiO-3 lists gelatin, purified water, glycerol and orange oil as ingredients in their soft gel.

Minami Nutrition also claims to have designed their soft gels for maximum absorption and stability to reduce the likelihood of “fish burps”.

All of their supplements are free of fish odors and come in orange or strawberry flavors.

 

 

How to Check the Purity of Minami Fish Oil Products

 

Most reputable companies will allow some way for consumers to check that the products have been tested to be free of detectable contaminants.

Some companies may issue a Certificate of Analysis or use third-party labs to test their oils, such as IFOS Fish Oils.

 

bottle cap of Minami fish oil showing batch number and expiry date

Batch Number and Expiry Date on Cap

 

Minami Nutrition tests all their products on a batch-by-batch basis.

You’ll find that each bottle will come with a Batch Number and Expiry Date printed on the label or bottle cap.

This Batch Number allows you to check the product test results for a particular batch of fish oils on the company website.

Minami Nutriton also claims that all products are tested for PCB’s, mercury, dioxins, pesticides and heavy metals.

 

How Much Does Minami Fish Oil Cost?

 

Minami Nutrition has about a dozen different omega 3 fatty acid products where each is specially formulated for a specific health need.

Their products come in bottles of 30 or 60 counts and you can also buy them in blister packs.

While some of their products may cost a bit more than typical fish oil supplements, we don’t believe that their prices are overly expensive for the average health conscious consumer.

At press time, the Suggested Retail Price for Minami Nutrition CardiO-3 was about $27.45 U.S. for a 30 capsule bottle.

This works out to less than a dollar a day for a fish oil that provides a 90% omega 3 fatty acid concentration.

box of minami nutrition PlusEPA omega 3 fatty acid product

Minami Fish Oil PlusEPA

 

We believe that most consumers will come out ahead as they would have to take up to 3 – 6 soft gels of a lower concentration fish oil to match the higher omega 3 fatty acid concentration you get from a single Minami fish oil soft gel.

The current product line for Minami Nutrition includes MorEPAMorDHA, PLUS EPA and CardiO-3 omega 3 concentrates. Each product focuses on specific dosages of EPA and DHA.

You can find Minami Omega 3 supplements available at many online retailers.


 

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Kevin is a full-time blogger with a passion for functional, whole food nutrition. A former Registered Respiratory Therapist with over 25 years experience in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, he also has additional training as a Certified Natural Products Advisor. He enjoys a vibrant lifestyle that includes healthy foods, workouts focusing on core strength with flexibility and longboarding to stay fit and agile.