Product Review

Salmon Oil is a Very Good Choice...

Salmon Oil can come from ethical as well as unethical sources. We are giving you four different ethical manufacturers providing quality in varying degrees to learn from. You'll find my comments in "Red" below each one for further insight.

If you haven't read my two articles on Omega 3 and Fish Oil Supplements on our educational website, you might want to read those first. You'll have more understanding why we present these particular facts.

  • Omega 3 - Important to Know - There's a trick to getting the right foods that contain omega 3's and then you have to get enough to stay well.
  • Fish Oil Supplements - How to Choose - You'll find out how to tell what sources of omega 3 fatty acids to trust. Knowing this will help you get better results and avoid wasting your money.

Once you learn to evaluate fish oil supplements the way we review them here, you'll be better able to determine where to spend your money.

Effectiveness is always evaluated by you while using the product. I can tell you what my specific choices are and why, but you may not find that to be true. We all have different bodies and different needs. You are the only one who can say what is best for you at the time. You may only be able to determine this by taking a specific product for a month or so and then try another kind.

Just keep in mind these examples are here for you to determine how to get the best quality. The first three examples are found on Iherb or your local health food store. If you decide to purchase from Iherb, be sure to subscribe to our Health Talk Newsletter and you will receive your welcome letter with a referral code to receive a $5 credit on you first purchase. If you are already a subscriber and lost it, just email me with your request, name and email address.

The last example is from Vital Choice and a link to their website is below with the review.

Now Foods - Salmon Oil

The Salmon Oil Concentrate used in this softgel is manufactured in Norway under strict quality control standards. It is screened for the absence of potentially harmful levels of contaminants (i.e. mercury, heavy metals, PCB's, dioxins, and other contaminants).

Other Ingredients
Salmon Oil Concentrate, Gelatin, Glycerin, Water and Natural Vitamin E. Contains no sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, milk, egg or preservatives.

This is NOT an acceptable choice. You would not know this by the information provided. I emailed them asking if they get their salmon from sustainable fisheries. I got an answer back: "Salmon oil is from farmed fish." and "No plans for a different Salmon at this time."

You can learn more about farmed fish in my article "Eating Right - Fish from the Sea" which is on our educational website - Natural Healthy Eating. I suggest emailing them asking a similar question with implication that it's the ethcial thing to do. We can bring awareness up and eventually they will change. -Janis

Carlson - Norwegian Salmon Oil

Each Carlson Norwegian Salmon Oil soft gel contains fish oil extracted from salmon and other fish found in the deep, unpolluted waters near Norway.**

Other Ingredients
Soft Gel Shell: Beef gelatin, glycerin, water.
Preservative free.

**May contain up to 30% other fish oils for higher EPA and DHA potency.

This is NOT an acceptable choice as well. Again, they are missing a sustainable fishery certification

I sent them an email and have not gotten a response yet. You can send an email to their customer service at for information on sustainable fisheries if you are interested in purchasing from them. -Janis

Natural Factors - Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil

100% Wild Salmon Oil

Other Ingredients
Softgel capsule (gelatin, glycerin, purified water). Contains no artificial color, or sweeteners; no corn, dairy, starch, wheat or yeast.

Wild Salmon is a healthier choice than farmed salmon, which is often found to contain high antibiotic, PCB and dioxin levels. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, wild salmon oil has a naturally occurring ratio of EPA and DHA.

Wild Salmon is a better environmental choice too as salmon farms pollute coastal waters. The oil is extracted from already harvested salmon using fish parts that would otherwise be wasted, thereby conserving existing stocks. Natural Factors Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil is regularly tested for chemical residue and heavy metals to ensure a safe and pure source of fish oil.

All Natural Factors products are manufactured in accordance with the Government of Canada's Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), among the highest standards in the world.

This manufacturer is a step above the others in that they state they are using Wild Salmon and they are avoiding waste.

They also indicate 100% Wild Salmon Oil - no other types of fish used to boost nutrient levels.

Note, they set themselves apart from farmed salmon which is important to know in selecting fish or supplements. But, I see no mention of sustainable fisheries after viewing their website. I have not received a response to my email yet. Again, I ask you to send them an email to encourage awareness and responsibility in this area before making a decision to purchase from them - -Janis

Our Choice for Omega 3 Salmon Oil

Vital Choice - Sockeye Salmon Oil

Omega-3 Sockeye Salmon Oil - a whole, non-distilled, cold-filtered oil from wild Alaskan Sockeye.

Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Oil.

  • Fish gelation capsules
  • Whole, natural and unrefined
  • Purity and potency certified by NSF International*
  • Vital Choice Sockeye Salmon Oil is certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council

*Note: NSF began in 1944 as National Sanitation Foundation and has since dropped referrence to that name and have broaden their scope to cover water, food, dietary supplements and much more. They provide 3rd party certifications.

This manufacturer is our choice for Salmon Oil Supplements because they provide 100% Salmon Oil, with the least amount of processing, and are certified sustainable. They have also been certified for purity and potency by the NSF which is a very big plus.

Here's what sets this product apart from the others. They are using the whole, natural oil, and not refining it. The manufactures of many fish oil supplements process out the contaminants and then apply very high heat during the processing to get a concentrate. These steps reduce vital nutrients in the final product.

The more a fish oil is processed the less it's nutritional value becomes. There are nutrients not yet discovered by the scientific community. If they do not discover, name and test nutrients as beneficial, most manufacturers do not consider them important. When the manufacturers process and then retain only the nutrients that science declares beneficial, you lose a considerable amount of nutrients. I have become aware of this fact by comparing the effectiveness of truly whole foods with highly processed foods.

You'll find a lot more information at the Vital Choice website. Be sure to use code 1335 if calling in your first order and you should be given a 10% discount. -Janis

You'll find my other two reviews by following the links below but the Green Lipped Mussel wins the prize:

*Note: We always let you know when we receive compensation for referring others to a particular company.

Arkadia Systems is an affiliate of Iherb and Vital Choice. It's easy to be one without an ongoing expense if you are interested in helping to defray your cost of foods and nutritional items.

We do not use or promote food products that do not meet our standards or do not use. We may not recommend all products from any one company for one reason or another. This may be due to disinterest, not yet evaluated, or does not meet our expectations. Please feel free to ask us our opinion by email if you want further information about a product not mentioned on Arkadia's Choice.


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