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Health Nutrition Awards: Life Extension Fish Oil Supplements

Life Extension Fish Oil Supplements

The International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS) is an international program concerned with the quality of omega 3 products, as it relates to the international standards for purity and concentration established by the World Health Organization and the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

With growing contamination concerns for the consumer, and recent clinical data suggesting the negative effects of mercury and PCBs from edible marine sources, the IFOS program continues to grow in popularity and prove its value as a reliable source for third-party validation. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the many clinically established health benefits of omega 3, but are equally concerned with contamination issues. The IFOS program delivers a suitable venue for the fish oil supplements industry to showcase credible product sources.

Because of Life Extension's dedication to providing only premium-quality ingredients and delivering supplements that meet the highest standards and criteria, we had our Super Omega-3 EPA/DHA fish oil scientifically analyzed and rated by IFOS. Life Extension has been awarded an IFOS 5-Star rating for purity, quality, and concentration consistently since 2005—the highest possible rating for fish oil.

IFOS fish oils are ultra high-grade fish oils that have been tested to meet very strict standards of purity and quality. Their most popular reports are the Five Star Ratings Reports. This category is used to test ultra-refined fish oils for EPA and DHA content and for purity, including heavy metals, radiation, and organic pollutants.

A fish oil is given '5 Stars' if it meets criteria in 5 specific areas:

  • Product has passed all IFOS testing categories
  • Product meets the label claim for active ingredient concentration
  • Product has an oxidation level less than 75% of CRN standard
  • Product PCB levels are less than 50% of CRN standard
  • Product dioxin levels are less than 50% of WHO standard

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