The Advantages of Norwegian Fish Oil
What are Norwegian fish oil supplements and are they better than other brands?
Omega-3 supplements have been around for decades and they’re proven to help lower inflammation, ease joint pain and enhance cardiovascular and emotional health.
Norwegian fish oil is made from fish that inhabit the cold clear waters off Norway and the surrounding areas.
So compared to all the other fish oil products you can buy, are these the best fish oils in the world?
In my opinion, there are 3 reasons why Nordic fish oils are considered superior to other products:
- Higher Omega 3 Concentrations
- Less Exposure to Mercury
- Stricter Testing Regulations
1. Higher Omega 3 Concentrations
Many biologists believe that the Norwegian Sea contains some of the highest concentrations of phytoplankton in the world.
So because of this, it would make it the prime spawning ground for herring, mackerel and cod.
These particular fish species tend to contain higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids which you can rarely find in other fish caught in other parts of the world.
2. Less Exposure to Mercury
It turns out that the Norwegian and Icelandic waters are also one of the purest bodies of water in the world.
It’s believed that they contain lower levels of pollution which will reduce fish exposure to mercury, PCB’s and dioxins.
Many of the world’s oldest fish factories are located in Norway and the country is also one of the largest exporters of fish.
Salmon oils, omega 3 supplements and shark liver oils are also popular products harvested from the raw materials sourced from the Arctic and North Atlantic Ocean.
Norwegian salmon apparently contains high amounts of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) as well as omega 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 11.
Norwegian shark liver is an excellent source of alkoxyglycerols which supports a healthy immune system.
3. Norwegian Fish Oil benefits from Stricter Testing Regulations
Products from Norway have a reputation for providing fresh, pure oils which are reported to be tested by some of the most rigorous laboratory standards.
Unlike some nutritional supplements made in other countries, Norwegians follow standards set forth by the Norwegian Medicinal Standards (NMS) and the European Pharmacopoeia Standards (this is the European equivalent to the United States Pharmacopoeia USP).
These organizations set standards for purity with maximum allowable levels for mercury, heavy metals and PCB’s. They also set standards for omega 3 concentration levels.
Their standards are considered to be more stricter than other regulatory bodies from other countries.
Here’s a chart showing you the accepted standards for peroxide values, heavy metals, dioxins and PCB’s from the Norwegian Medicinal Standards (NMS), European Pharmacopoeia (EPA) and the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP).
High quality products should provide a Certificate of Analysis showing it meets or exceeds the standards set forth by the European Pharmacopoeia (EPS) and/or the Norwegian Medicinal Standards (NMS).
Example of Popular Nordic Fish Oils
While there are many different products to choose from, the most important factor is determining if the products are actually from Norway.
Both companies use fish caught from the Norwegian Sea and the end-products are processed and bottled in Norway.
Nordic Naturals offers a variety of different products and they claim to exceed standards set forth by the European Pharmacopoeia as well as the Norwegian Medicinal Standards.
Carlson Labs also has a variety of different nutritional supplements and they follow standards according to the AOSA (Association of Official Analytical Chemists) a non-profit organization responsible for establishing laboratory guidelines and testing methods.
The industry isn’t completely regulated so you may need to do some research to ensure your item is actually farmed and manufactured in Norway. Anyone can claim their fish oils are made in Norway, but only a few major companies have established themselves as genuine.