Watsonville, California (January 5, 2006) Nordic Naturals scored highest in Norwegian quality tests coordinated by the Norwegian magazine “Mat og Helse” (“Food & Health”) according to the December issue. In November, the magazine arranged for a blind test of fish oil supplements by the independent laboratory AnalyCen. The supplements came from 10 top companies selling to Norwegian health food stores and professionals. Nordic Naturals products were analyzed and shown to have the highest ranking values of all brands tested in 3 areas: freshness as measured by peroxide value, purity based on PCB levels and concentration (EPA/DHA content). According to Joar Opheim, CEO, “Fish oils in Norway are monitored by the Mattilsynet (Norwegian Medicinal Standard) which has the most stringent requirements in the world, so we were already being compared to higher product quality than what we generally find in the US. Nordic Naturals is very pleased with the test results.”
Test Results as Published by “Mat og Helse”
Brand PCBs (ppt) EPA/DHA (%) Peroxide (mEq/kg)
Nordic Naturals 0.054 * 37.8% 25.0%** 0.1**
Brand #1 0.094 24.2% 23.9% 0.6
Brand #2 0.23 32.8% 20.9% 1.4
Brand #3 0.59 33.6% 21.8% 2.8
Brand #4 0.07 17.8% 11.3% 1.7
Brand #5 0.27 07.0% 09.3% 1.2
Brand #6 inconclusive 35.7% 21.1% 0.3
Brand #7 0.68 17.2% 10.7% 1.1
Brand #8 2.2 31.4% 25.7% 15.0
Brand #9 0.14 18.0% 11.4% 1.6
* Used Nordic Naturals Omega 3 Formula/ ** Used Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega
Of the products tested, 3 were in ethylester form and the remainder including Nordic Naturals were in triglyceride form, the natural form of the fatty acid molecule that delivers all the parts needed by the body for optimal absorption. While ethylesters are up to three times less costly to manufacture, science is currently focusing on the potential increased absorption and utilization of triglycerides over ethylesters.
Founded by husband-and-wife team Joar and Michele Opheim, Nordic Naturals is the leader in Omega-3 fish oils and EFA blends with exceptional taste, freshness and purity levels. The company offers over 50 different fish oil products and EFA blends, including liquids, capsules, and children's chewables. For more information, please visit www.nordicnaturals.com or call 800.662.2544. See website for international sales locations.