Triglyceride Omega-3 Gold™
Omega-3 fatty acids, also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), are essential fatty acids that are implicated in several bodily functions. However, the body cannot make these fatty acids, making it necessary to get the required amounts from food (e.g. fatty fish) or supplementation. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish, such as salmon, cod, tuna, and halibut, other seafood including algae and krill, some plants, and nut oils.
Although Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in supporting healthy cardiovascular function and are popular for their ability to help manage risk of heart disease, they are also extremely important for brain function as well as normal growth and development.
Ethyl Ester (EE) versus Triglyceride (TG) forms of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Most fish oil supplements are either available in Ethyl Ester form or the Triglyceride form. Structurally, the major difference between the two forms is that in Ethyl Ester, the fatty acids (EPA & DHA) are esterified to an ethanol backbone, while in TG, the fatty acids are esterified to a glycerol alcohol backbone; there are absolutely no differences in the two forms of fish oil in terms of stability. The vast majority of clinical studies examining supplemental Omega-3s have been performed on the Ethyl Ester form and results from studies comparing the relative bioavailability of the EE form versus the TG form have found increased bioavailability of the TG form in the short-term (2 weeks), but this difference disappears when fish oil is routinely supplemented and a steady state has been achieved over a longer period of time.
The scientific evidence currently available does not point to any significant differences between the two forms in terms of bioavailability or health benefits when taken over extended periods of time (which is the norm for most individuals) and the decision to supplement with the TG form versus the EE form is, in most cases, a matter of personal preference and experience.
Balancing the Omega-3 to Omega-6 Ratio
It is important to note that the typical American diet tends to contain 14 - 25 times more Omega-6 fatty acids than Omega-3 fatty acids, which many nutritionally oriented physicians consider to be way too high on the Omega-6 side. The high consumption of Omega-6 either from diet and/or supplementation is problematic because Omega-6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory and excess consumption of these fatty acids can lead to health conditions for which inflammation is a risk factor. Consuming enough Omega-3 fatty acids, on the other hand, is necessary to balance the pro-inflammatory action of the Omega-6 Fatty Acids and is crucial to achieving and maintaining optimal health.
Health Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Help support healthy cholesterol levels*
- Help support blood pressure and overall cardiovascular health*
- Help support cognitive health*
- Help support joint health*
- Help support healthy vision*
- Help support emotional wellness*
The Triglyceride Omega-3 Gold™ Advantage
- Premium fish oil concentrate providing the highest potencies of EPA and DHA currently available without a prescription
- Pharmaceutical grade fish oil concentrate made from IFOS 5-Star Certified Fish Oil
- IFOS 5-Star Certified for Concentration, Oxidation, PCBs, Dioxins, & Heavy Metals
- Meets or exceeds standards set forth by the Global Organization for EPA & DHA (GOED) and the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) standards for purity and potency
- Contains minimum 600 mg of the essential EPA and DHA fatty acids in each 1,000 mg softgel - two times more Omega-3 fatty acids than most other brands of Fish oil
- Fish oil concentrate is sourced from certified sustainable wild-caught Pacific fish (Cod, Pollack) found in deep, cold, pure Alaskan Ocean waters
- Moleculary distilled and guaranteed by a third-party lab to be free of heavy metals (lead, mercury), Dioxins, PCB, and toxins
- Verified free of allergens by an independent, third-party lab
- Verified free of GMOs by an independent, third-party lab specializing in GMO testing
- Best of all, Triglyceride Omega-3 Gold™ is 100% product of the USA
As a dietary supplement, adults take 1 to 2 softgels daily with food, or as directed by a healthcare professional.
Caution: Consult your doctor before use if you are pregnant, nursing, or currently taking any medications. Individuals consuming more than 3 g (3000 mg) of Omega-3 fatty acids per day from supplements should only do so under a physician's care. Store in a cool, dry place and out of direct sunlight. Although not required, this product can be refrigerated to help maintain freshness and potency. Keep out of the reach of children.
Triglyceride Omega-3 Gold™ Frequently Asked Questions:
What are Omega-3 Fatty Acids?
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids because they perform a number of essential functions in the body. Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in supporting heart, joint, and cognitive health.
What is the recommended dosage of Omega-3 fatty acids?
The typical American diet is rich in Omega-6 fatty acids and low in Omega-3 fatty acids, making supplementation necessary. Depending on the reason for taking a fish oil supplement, recommended dosages can range from 500 mg to 3000 mg (3g). Doses exceeding 3000 mg a day, either from diet or supplementation, are not recommended and should only be taken in consultation with and under the guidance of a healthcare professional. If you have or suspect a medical condition, please talk to your doctor before starting any kind of supplementation.
Does the fish source matter when deciding which fish oil supplement to take?
The American Heart Association recommends dietary intake of oily fish because they are naturally rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and individuals have to consume smaller amounts to meet the recommended intake of EPA+DHA fatty acids. This should not, however, be interpreted to mean that Omega-3 fatty acids from other sources of fish cannot be just as effective in helping to maintain healthy cardiovascular function. All things considered, there are virtually no differences in the structure or function of EPA/DHA Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil supplements, regardless of whether the Omega-3 fatty acids come from oily fish like sardines or cold water fish like Alaskan Pollock that are used in our Omega-3 Gold product. Because Pollocks may not naturally be high in Omega-3 fatty acids like sardines and mackerel, it is possible that, ounce for ounce, individuals may have to eat more pollock/cod than sardines or mackerels to get the recommended amount of EPA/DHA, which is not always feasible.
In other words, when it comes to fish oil supplements, most of which are standardized to a certain amount of the same EPA/DHA fatty acids, the species of fish used to source the Omega-3 fatty acids is not nearly as significant as the purity and sustainability of the fish species. To put it in perspective, vegans/vegetarians or individuals who experience side effects from fish oil supplements take plant sources of Omega-3 (Flax, Chia) to meet the recommended daily intake, something the AHA strongly recommends to minimize the risk of nutritional deficiencies. So, in considering which fish oil supplement to buy, purity, potency, and sustainability are far more important and relevant concerns than the species of fish that the oil is sourced from.
Why is Triglyceride Omega-3 Gold™ made with fish oil concentrate extracted from Alaskan Pollack and Cod as opposed to the oily fish (sardines, mackerel) used in other fish oil products?
Our decision to go with the Alaskan Pollock is based on several considerations:
- The Alaskan Pollock is native to the cold, ocean waters of the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska and naturally low in toxins and heavy metals, including Mercury. In fact, the AHA considers the Pollock species of fish to be safe enough even for pregnant women and children to consume to meet required amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids
- The Alaskan Pollock is processed within minutes after being caught on fishing vessels that are FDA inspected
- There are no differences in the safety, structure, or effectiveness of Omega-3 fish oil supplements standardized to EPA+DHA, regardless of the source of fish the oil comes from
- The fish/fisheries from which our oil is sourced is certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council
- Over 95% of fish oil products currently being sold are extracted from oily fish (anchovy, sardines) from warm Atlantic waters off the coast of South America, one of the more heavily polluted waters. These fish are then transported thousands of miles to manufacturing facilities near Norway for extraction and the oil is then transported thousands of miles back to the US, where they are encapsulated and marketed under different brands. In contrast, our oil is from fish caught off the coast of Alaska, processed within hours of being caught on FDA inspected vessels, and extracted right here in the US in a cGMP certified manufacturing facility. So, not only is our Omega-3 Gold proudly 100% a product of USA, but it is also fresh tasting, has very little fishy smell, and produces little or no fishy burps/reflux.
- Triglyceride Omega-3 Gold™ exceeds Global Organization for EPA/DHA standards for purity and potency and conforms to the voluntary monograph set forth by the Council for Responsible Nutrition for meeting required amount of EPA/DHA in each softgel.
- Best of all, our Triglyceride Omega-3 Gold™ product is IFOS 5-Star Certified , which confirms that it meets stringent international standards for purity, potency, freshness, and stability.
Is Omega-3 safe for long-term use?
When taken as directed in conjunction with a sensible diet and exercise program, Omega-3 is "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS). However, caution is always advised in individuals who have or suspect a medical condition.
Is there such a thing as "too much of a good thing" when it comes to Omega-3 fatty acids?
Like anything else, there is a point beyond which consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids, whether from diet or supplementation, is actually not recommended. For instance, consuming more than 3 g of Omega-3 fatty acids (from diet and/or supplementation combined) can increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke, which occurs when an artery in the brain ruptures, and can be fatal. Always use caution and good judgment when supplementing with Omega-3 fatty acids.
What are the contraindications for Omega-3s?
Pregnant or lacatating individuals, those with a known or suspected medical condition, and/or those currently taking or planning to take prescription or OTC medications for any medical condition should use fish oil supplements only under the guidance of a healthcare professional. Individuals with a known or suspected allergy to fish and/or other ingredients in the fish oil supplement should find alternative ways to supplement their diets with Omega-3 fatty acids.
Do Omega-3 fatty acids interact with any prescription medications?
Because fish oil may increase fasting blood glucose levels, diabetic individuals currently taking or planning to take diabetic medications should take fish oil only under the supervision of their healthcare provider. Fish oil may also interact with supplements and medications that lower blood pressure, block the absorption of fats to effect weight loss, and birth control pills. It is always recommended to consult a licensed medical professional before taking any supplement if you are pregnant, lactating, and/or taking any OTC or prescription medications for a health condition.
Is Omega-3 safe for long-term use?
When taken as directed in conjunction with a sensible diet and exercise program, Omega-3 is generally recognized as safe (GRAS). However, caution is always advised in individuals who have or suspect a medical condition.