Carlson Labs Norwegian Salmon Oil and GLA - 120 Softgels
Carlson Labs Norwegian Salmon Oil and GLA is extracted from salmon found in the deep, unpolluted waters of Norway and is naturally rich in the important Omega-3's EPA and DHA. The GLA contained in this product is derived from black currant seed oil and is an important Omega-6 component. The EPA and DHA in Salmon Oil plus the GLA work as a team to promote a healthy balance of prostaglandin types in the human body. This product is regularly tested (using AOAC international protocols) for freshness, potency and purity by an independent, FDA-registered laboratory and has been determined to be fresh, fully potent and free of detrimental levels of mercury, cadmium, lead, PCB's and 28 other contaminants. EPA and DHA from Salmon Oil along with GLA from Borage Seed Oil work as a team to promote a healthy balance of prostaglandin types in the human body.
- Preservative Free
- Gluten Free
Why are Carlson Fish Oils (and Calamari Oils) important for me?
- DHA and EPA help maintain a health and stable heartbeat.
- DHA and EPA help maintain blood vessel health to support circulation.
- DHA and EPA may support artery wall elasticity.
- Dietary intake of EPA and DHA is now being recognized as a safe and effective method for maintaining healthy triglyceride levels.
Brain and Nerve Function
- As a vital component of our brain tissue and neurons, DHA supports cognitive function.
- By improving membrane fluidity. DHA may help support nerve transmission processes.
- Increased levels of DHA in the brain may serve to protect and enhance the lifespan of neurons.
- DHA is found in substantial amounts in the retina and is important for normal vision.
Immune System Health
- DHA and EPA are need for balanced eicosanoid formation, which supports balanced and healthy immune responses.
Healthy Joints and Movement
- DHA and EPA support healthy joints and comfortable movement by supporting healthy physiological processes.
Radiant, Healthy Skin
- DHA and EPA can keep skin healthy, vibrant, and supple.
Carlson Labs Questions & Answers
What is omega-3?
Omega-3 is the name of a type of fat that is found in oil-rich fish an some plant oils and is also known as 'n-3.' They are from the family of 'good' fats - Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs) that are not only beneficial for health, but are essential in the diet. The most effective omega-3's are EPA (EicosaPentaenoic Acid) and DHA (DocosaHexaenoic Acid).
How are omega-3 oils unique?
Because of their unique structure, omega-3's have important and unique functions in their bodies. Both DHA and EPA are involved in healthy cardiovascular systems, immune processes, and help support the formation of healthy prostaglandins. DHA is a vital component of the retina, brain and neurons. Fish oils supply omega-3 fatty acids an are especially high in DHA and EPA. Some vegetable oils contain ALA, but do not contain DHA or EPA.
Why are fish oils preferable to flax?
DHA and EPA can be supplied by fish and calamari, or our bodies can make small amounts of them from alpha linolenic acid (ALA) when it is in the diet. While flax and soybeans are a wonderful source of ALA, a study comparing flax and fish oils shows that subjects given flax oil over a 4-week period did NOT have increased blood level of DHA. It seems rather perplexing that significant dietary increases in ALA did not increase blood levels of DHA. Why? The reason is that converting ALA to DHA is very slow due to the body's limited availability of a special conversion enzyme called delta-6-desaturase. Yet, subjects who were given fish oils bypass any need for extra conversion and subjects had immediate benefits available.
How do flaxseed and fish/calamari oils differ?
Fish and calamari oils supply EPA and DHA, which have important healthy benefits. Some fish oils also supply ALA. The only omega-3 that flaxseed oil supplies is ALA. Even when large amounts of ALAs are consumed, their bodies can only convert small amounts of ALA into even smaller amounts of EPA and DHA. This process can only occur when sufficient enzymes are present. Since the conversion process is slow and limited, fish and calamari oils are chosen over flaxseed oil.
Are all omega-3's "essential"?
Scientists define "essential" fatty acids as those that cannot be produced in the body in any amount. EPA and DHA are required by our bodies. They are not classified as essential fatty acids because ALA can be converted to small amounts of EPA and then to DHA when sufficient converting enzymes are present. However, this conversion is slow and limited. Therefore, obtaining EPA and DHA directly from the diet is important.
Are omega-6's and omega-9's abundant in foods?
Most people easily obtain abundant omega-6 fatty acids from the vegetable oils in their diet. Omega-9's are also widely available in dietary fats and are not essential for human nutrition. In contrast, adequate and healthy amounts of omega-3's are not widely distributed in vegetable oils and animal meats.
Which fish oils contain vitamins A and D?
Vitamins A and D are widely recognized as essential nutrients in adults and children. Cod liver oil naturally contains vitamins A and D as the oil is from the liver of the fish, rather than the body oil.
What is the natural form of vitamin A in cod liver oil?
Vitamin palmitate (retinyl palmitate) naturally occurs in cod liver oil. Humans and animal store vitamins A in their bodies in the form of vitamin A palmitate.
Does the term "Pharmaceutical Grade" have any meaning related to quality?
"Pharmaceutical Grade" is a term used as a marketing strategy for selling fish oils. Any company selling fish oils can put this term on their label or into product literature, regardless of their quality. The term by itself is ambiguous - there are no defined standards for using the term "pharmaceutical grade" in the marketing of fish oil.
What is Molecular Distillation?
Distillation is a process whereby a liquid mixture is heated and the vapors are condensed and collected as separated liquids. Molecular distillation, also known as short path distillation, is a process using low temperatures with low vacuum pressure for the separation and collection of different components in fish oils. Molecular distillation can be, but is not always a process for the removal of contaminants.
Does the term "Molecularly Distilled" have any meaning related to quality?
Molecular distillation is one of many processes that may be used in the separation, concentration and purification steps of preparing fish oils. The process itself does not guarantee the quality of fish oil. However, some companies use the term "molecularly distilled" as a quality statement for marketing fish oils. When performed under appropriate parameters, molecular distillation can be a useful purification step for fish oils. However, it does not guarantee potency or purity.
Does Carlson Laboratories use molecular distillation?
Yes. Molecular distillation, when desirable, is used in the purification and concentration steps of their fish oil products.
How are Carlson Fish Oils processed?
- Fresh oil is protected from oxidation thoughout the processing steps.
- Controlled temperature washing and mixing using steam and vacuum to remove moisture and impurities.
- Oil is deacidified to remove unwanted free fatty acids.
- Molecular distillation is used to separate individual oil components, and to purify the oil, when appropriate.
- Oil is cooled and filtered of solid fats.
- Natural absorbents remove impurities.
- The oil is tested and re-purified if necessary.
- Vitamin E, other antioxidants, and/or natural flavor are added as specified.
- Final mixing occurs.
- Oil is bottled in Norway with a nitrogen flush for maximum freshness.
- Finished product is tested to ensure quantity.
Why are Carlson Fish Oils "The Very Finest"?
Since the 1980's, the Carlson family has been visiting Norwegian fish oil plants, selecting only the finest fresh Norwegian oils produced from deep, unpolluted, cold-water fish. They pledge to continue monitoring their Norwegian fish and calamari oil manufacturing and to continue with extensive independent testing to assure Carlson Fish Oils are only the finest. In addition, natural vitamin E is added to prevent oxidation of the fish and calamari oil, and to preserve freshness. Carlson Liquid Fish and Calamari Oils are bottled in Norway to ensure maximum freshness.
About Carlson Labs
Founded by John and Susan Carlson in 1965, J.R. Carlson Laboratories, Inc. has been a family owned and operated business for over 45 years. Since no one cares more about quality than the people who put their names on it, Carlson Laboratories is dedicated to providing only the highest quality nutritional supplements.
Carlson Laboratories began with one vitamin E formula. Since then, the line has grown to become the most complete line of natural vitamin E products in the world. Carlson Laboratories product range has expanded through the years to meet the nutritional needs of their customers. Their product lines now include award-winning Norwegian fish oils, a full line of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, special formulations and nutritional supplements.