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Nordic Naturals Receives Special Patent for Flavored Gel Caps

Watsonville, California (January 15, 2002) Nordic Naturals, Inc. announced today receipt of a patent, which protects both their oil and gelatin capsule flavorings and their proprietary manufacturing process. The patent applies to essential fatty acids including fish oils with continuation to cover all usages of flavored capsules. Nordic Naturals manufactures a retail line and professional line of omega-3 products for both adults and children. The company uses only natural flavorings including lemon and strawberry to flavor both the fish oils and the gel caps used in their products.

President and founder, Joar Opheim, says, “This patented flavoring process we developed is important for many reasons. We wanted to greatly improve the palatability of our products and therefore increase the consumer’s/patient’s compliance in taking the formulas. We find it is especially helpful with regards to children and pregnant women.” The company currently offers 6 retail formulas under the “Ultimate Omega” line name that comes with a promise of purity (no heavy metals, PCBs and pesticides) as well as freshness (no rancidity) that is guaranteed through third party testing. Joar adds, “Since oils deteriorate quickly after exposure to oxygen, we use a special nitrogen exclusive process to prevent rancidity. We decided to protect our flavoring process so that those companies that are not testing their oils for rancidity would not be able to use this flavoring process to cover up a “bad oil” taste.”

Nordic Natural’s mission is to provide the world with the purest and freshest sources of essential fatty acids with greatly improved taste and stability to maintain optimum cellular health. Scientific research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids support a variety of functions in the body including cardiovascular health, increased memory, joint mobility and central nervous system development in the fetus and infant. Nordic Naturals products are currently being used in 7 unsolicited research projects including Harvard University and Georgetown University to determine potential uses of omega-3 fatty acids in ADHD, postpartum depression and Apraxia.

Nordic Natural’s products are available at health food stores, pharmacies and other fine retail outlets in the U.S. as well as through many practitioners.


Joar Opheim is available for comment or an interview by calling 831.724.6200.

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