Governmental fish oil quality standards do not exist in the United States. To ensure consistent quality, Nordic Naturals adheres to and exceeds the stringent European Pharmacopoeia Standard (EPS) as well as the voluntary standards set by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega–3 (GOED) for all of our oils. These standards guarantee quality products by setting maximum allowances on peroxides, heavy metals, dioxins, and PCBs.
All oils used in Nordic Naturals products showed no detectable heavy metals when tested down to the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega–3 (GOED) and Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) standard of 0.1ppm
All oils used in Nordic Naturals products show no detectable dioxins or furans when tested down to 2.0 ppt. Analysis is based on the toxicity equivalent testing methodology established by the World Health Organization (WHO).
All oils used in Nordic Naturals products show no detectable dioxin–like PCBs when tested down to 1.0 ppt. The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega–3 (GOED) limit for dioxin–like PCBs is 3.0 ppt. Analysis is based on the toxicity equivalent testing methodology established by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Freshness, which ensures product integrity and biological efficacy, may be the single most important quality of fish oils. Nordic Naturals' patented, oxygen–free manufacturing process maintains the freshness of fish oil used in our products, with peroxide values (indicators of freshness) well below the European Pharmacopoeia Standard limits. The lower the peroxide value, the fresher the fish oil.
The key objections to taking fish oils are taste and aftertaste. Nordic Naturals utilizes proprietary enzymatic and oxygen-free processing technologies to ensure no fishy smell, taste, or aftertaste. Our patented encapsulation process also adds natural fruit essences into both the soft gel and liquid oil for a light, fruity taste. Years of feedback from health professionals and customers alike indicates that children, teenagers, and adults of all ages enjoy the clean, light taste of Nordic Naturals fish oils.
Nordic Naturals starts with the best raw material available. Our meticulous quality control procedures begin in the ocean with our careful choice of fish specie that are naturally low in toxins and high in omega–3 fats. Wild–caught from some of the cleanest waters in the world, all of our products are made exclusively from four types of fish, all sustainably sourced, and none of which is endangered: Arctic cod (Skrei) from Norwegian waters; anchovies and sardines from the Southern Pacific Ocean; and salmon (Pink and Sockeye) from Alaska's Cook Inlet.
Nordic Naturals' multi–patented manufacturing processes enable us to deliver industry–leading freshness and purity levels. We use several steps in processing our oils, from water and clay filters to molecular distillation, with no chemicals or excessive heat, all while preserving the natural constituents of the oil to the highest degree possible. A patented purification process removes any potential environmental toxins (heavy metals, dioxins, PCBs, etc.), saturated fats, and other undesirable organic compounds, leaving only the beneficial components of the fish oil (omegas 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, etc.). We also utilize a proprietary nitrogen (oxygen–free) environment to achieve our leading freshness levels, and to further reduce heat requirements, thereby maintaining the integrity of the oils. Moreover, we use only natural enzymes to form triglycerides for all our high–concentrate products, and all our oils are manufactured in triglyceride form in order to best preserve the oil and enhance absorption and utilization.
The established health benefits of omega–3s are based on decades of data— much of which are based on natural triglyceride omega-3s. Whereas most concentrated fish oils on the market today are in the ethyl ester molecular form—a synthetic fat with only 18 years of history in the human diet—all Nordic Naturals formulas are produced in true triglyceride form to ensure optimal absorption and results. New research shows that the absorption advantage of the triglyceride form is significant—up to 70% more than ethyl esters.
Since our founding, Nordic Naturals has always been deeply committed to the health of our oceans. Our environmental stewardship includes:
To prevent overfishing, 100% of our fish is sourced in compliance with the Norwegian fisheries management system, which has been a model of sustainability for over 30 years.
We use responsible fishing gear—including purse seine nets, sorting grids, and large meshes—to protect against bycatch of unintended species.
We use line and net fishing methods to prevent the seafloor and ecosystem damage caused by methods such as bottom trawling and dredging.
PreventionUp to 80% of marine pollution is caused by land-based sources such as runoff, sewage, and waste. Our coastal processing facilities are industry leaders in minimizing pollution and conserving resources.