Frequently Asked Questions

 Q: What kind of fish do you use to produce your concentrated fish oil?

A: We use predominantly Alaska Pollock (Theragra chalcogramma), and some Pacific Hake (Merluccius productus).  Both of these fisheries are certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council and both are fished and processed as food for human consumption.  Like most members of the cod family, Alaska Pollock and Hake store their oils in their liver.

  Q: What country is your oil from?

A: All of our oil is made in the Gulf of Alaska and the North Pacific Ocean. It is 100% made in the USA.  In fact, the oil is refined in the USA, encapsulated in the USA, and bottled and labeled in the USA.  The encapsulation process uses gelatin and glycerin which come from Brazil and Malaysia respectively. 
 
Q: Does any of your oil come from China or get refined in China?
A: No!
 
Q: Is your oil made from fish which are sustainably harvested?
A: Yes!  All of our oil comes from Alaska Pollock and Pacific Hake food fisheries.  Both of these fisheries are recognized for their sustainable management and harvest practices and both have been certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (www.MSC.org).  We are committed to using only U.S. certified sustainable seafood as the source of our fish oil.
 
Q: What kind of gelatin is used in your softgels?
A: We use certified BSE free beef hide gelatin (Bovine) from Brazil.  
 
Q: Why don't you use a veggie or fish derived gelatin? 
A: Unfortunately, veggie based softgels may leak and create a mess inside the bottle. We are continuing our search for a veggie or fish gelatin for our 85 Ethyl Ester fish oil which will enable us to guarantee no leakers to our customers.  Once we have found a leak proof veggie cap formula, we will introduce it into the marketplace. 
     
Q:  What are mixed tocopherols and why do you add them?  
A:  Tocopherols are a family of Vitamin E compounds, naturally found in vegetable oils, fish, and nuts. They are well known for their ability to protect unsaturated oils from the ravages of oxidation. Alaskan Omega-3 contains 2,000 parts per million of vitamin E, added to protect the unsaturated fatty acids from breaking down into saturated fatty acids through oxidizing.  The tocopherol is protein free and is assured to be non allergenic.
 
Q: Does your oil contain Gluten?
A: No.  
 
Q: Does your oil contain any carbohydrates, milk casein, or other dairy products?
A: No.
 
Q: Will I get a foul fish aftertaste or burp after I take the oil?
A:  We have not had anyone complain about foul fishy burps after taking our oil.  This is because unlike so many other oils on the market, Alaskan Omega-3 is made in a sanitary food plant under food grade regulations, and not as an industrial byproduct from fish meal plants which render forage fish for agricultural applications.  We know that some people digest oils poorly and will repeat any oil they take, not just fish oil.  The few people who have burped after taking our oil have commented on how fresh it is and that it is not foul or fishy.
 
Q: What do you mean by Clinical Strength?
A: We define of clinical strength fish oil as any fish oil concentrated to a minimum of  80% EPA + DHA with a total Omega-3 fatty acid content of 85% and in an ethyl ester form, not as a re-esterified triglyceride. 
 
Q: Why is your softgel so much smaller than all the others?
A: Because it is more concentrated!   Our softgel delivers over 530mg of Omega-3's yet it is very small as it contains only 625mg of fish oil.  This is less than half most other one-per-day fish oil supplements which contain between 1,200 and 1,500 mg of oil.  We concentrate our oil to 85% through a proprietary distillation method, removing all but 15% of the fatty acids in the oil which are not Omega-3's.  At 85%, 625mg of our oil contains just over 530mg of Omega-3's, 500 mg of which is EPA + DHA!  This enables us to deliver a 500mg serving of EPA+DHA in the smallest softgel in the market.
 
Q: How much fish oil should I take each day? Can I exceed the recommended daily serving?
A: Our recommended daily serving is one softgel per day, taken at mealtime.  Each of our mini-softgels delivers 500mg of EPA+DHA and 530mg of total Omega-3 fatty acids, including DPA.   While the US FDA has not established a daily recommended value for EPA or DHA, there are many scientific studies which suggest that a 500mg daily intake of EPA and DHA can benefit healthy individuals.  A recent Mayo Clinic review of the literature also suggests a 500mg per day serving for normal, healthy individuals.   For individuals at higher risk of coronary heart disease, the report suggests a 1,000 mg/day intake.  As with any drug, supplement, or exercise routine you embark on, you should always consult your physician for an appropriate daily serving level especially if you want to take more than the recommended daily serving suggestion.
 
Q: If I take more than one softgel per day, should I take them all at once? 
A: Should you decide that more than one softgel per day is appropriate for your daily needs, we recommend that you not take them all at one time, but rather, that you stagger your intake throughout the day, preferably taking them with meals.  
 
Q: Can my child take this product?
A: We recommended that children only take our fish oil under the supervision of an adult and that parents should consult with their physician to determine the appropriate potency and serving/amount and for their children.   
 
Q: Can my pets take this product?
A: We have no reason to believe that our oil is in any way harmful to pets, but we have not run tests with pets.  We make our oil under the strictest food manufacturing guidelines as well as FDA regulations for dietary supplements. If you are concerned about supplementing your pets’ diet with our Alaskan Omega-3 concentrate, please check with your veterinarian.  
 
Q: When should I take the oil?
A: Like any other vitamin or dietary supplement, we recommend you take your fish oil at any mealtime.  I take mine in the morning with breakfast that way I know the oil is working in my system all day.  
 
Q: Does this oil interact poorly with any drugs or other medications?
A: We are unaware of any negative interactions between our fish oil and other drugs or medications.  However, we recommended you consult with your physician to determine if any medications you currently take might have adverse reactions with concentrated fish oils.   
 
Q: Is there an expiration date on the bottle? 
A: Yes. It is located on the bottom of the bottle along with a lot number. 
 
Q: If my bottle has expired, can I still take the oil?   
A: Yes. The expiration date is a "Best if Used By" date.  This means that after the expiration date, the product may begin to lose potency but it does not become toxic after the expiry date.  For best results, we recommend that you use all of the oil by the expiration date on the bottle. At the recommended daily serving size, one bottle will provide you with six months of omega-3 nutrition.   
 
Q:  Where should I store the fish oil, in the refrigerator or the freezer?
A: No! Store Alaskan Omega-3 in a cool, dry, dark place, out of the reach of children, like in your kitchen cupboard. Keep the oil away from direct sunlight.  We recommend that you NOT freeze or refrigerate the oil as it may cause the gels to harden which may cause you to choke when you take them. If taken as directed, the oil will be long gone before you will ever have to worry about oxidation and rancidity.