Spectrum Essentials - Fish Oil with Vitamin D 1000 mg. - 250 Softgels
Spectrum’s Fish Oil with Vitamin D combines their purity-tested Fish Oil, with its rich stores of Omega-3 EPA and DHA, with a potent dose of Vitamin D. These combined nutrients support heart and bone health while also promoting healthy vision, brain and immune functions. The Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) used in this formulation is a naturally occurring form of Vitamin D that is readily absorbed by the human body.
Spectrum's Fish Oil with Vitamin D comes from non-threatened species of wild-caught fish that are low on the food chain. Harvesting these types of fish also ensures that our oil conforms to the Council for Responsible Nutrition’s stringent purity standards related to harmful contaminants like PCBs, dioxins and heavy metals.
The fat-soluble vitamin D’s most important role is maintaining blood levels of calcium, which it accomplishes by increasing absorption of calcium from food and reducing urinary calcium loss. Both effects keep calcium in the body and therefore spare the calcium that is stored in bones. When necessary, vitamin D transfers calcium from the bone into the bloodstream, which does not benefit bones. Although the overall effect of vitamin D on the bones is complicated, some vitamin D is necessary for healthy bones and teeth.
Where is it found?Spectrum's Fish Oil with Vitamin D FAQ's
Cod liver oil is an excellent dietary source of vitamin D, as are vitamin D-fortified foods. Traces of vitamin D are found in egg yolks and butter. However, the majority of vitamin D in the body is created during a chemical reaction that starts with sunlight exposure to the skin. Cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) is the animal form of this vitamin.
How do you recommend storing Fish Oil softgels?
Spectrum Fish Oil softgels are shelf stable, but should be kept refrigerated after opening to maintain freshness.
Are your Fish Oil softgels "pharmaceutical grade"?
No ‘Pharmaceutical Grade' monograph exists in the United States for fish oil supplements.
As proven throughout their history, Spectrum is a company dedicated to truth in labeling—and for being their customers' advocate for honest claims. They believe it is imperative that their customers are properly informed in their purchasing decisions.
Lately there has been a disturbing amount of companies claiming to sell ‘pharmaceutical grade' fish oil supplements. In the spirit of protecting people's right to know the truth about what they're buying, they want their customers to understand just how misleading and detrimental these false ‘pharmaceutical grade' claims really are to the credibility of the industry.
At the crux of the issue is the fact that there simply is no agreed-upon set of standards (in technical terms, a monograph) for fish oil supplements to date. These official monographs are set by the US Pharmacopoeia Convention (USPC) to provide standards for the active ingredients in drugs, biologics, dietary supplements, and devices, defining their 'strength, quality, and purity' for human use. Simply put, nothing can truthfully be deemed ‘pharmaceutical grade' until it has been officially defined by an approved USPC monograph.
Over the past several years, Spectrum has been working with other reputable companies through the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) in the development of a Voluntary Monograph on Long Chain Omega-3 EPA and DHA. This monograph specifically focuses on EPA and DHA and uses the European Pharmacopoeia assay methods to quantify these two fatty acids. It sets forth a consistent standard for measuring various quality indicators including oxidation, purity, stability and the amount of long chain Omega-3 EPA and DHA in products, as well as setting limits on environmental contaminants. Compliance with the monograph is completely voluntary.
They have worked long and hard at creating these standards to present to the USPC in hopes that an official monograph will be adopted to protect consumers' health. In the meantime, there is no official approved USPC monograph for fish oils.
Spectrum's Fish Oil Softgels are produced in compliance with the CRN Voluntary Monograph on Long Chain Omega-3 EPA and DHA.
Does molecular distillation harm the oil?
No. Because the process occurs in a light-free vacuum, the oil is not exposed to any light or oxygen and the health benefits (such as omega-3 levels) remain intact. However, some of the naturally occurring vitamins are removed during the process. For example, cod liver oil is naturally high in Vitamins A and D, but during molecular distillation the amounts of these vitamins are reduced.
Is Spectrum Fish Oil molecularly distilled? What about your Cod Liver Oil?
Spectrum Cod Liver Oil as well as the fish oil in Spectrum Fish Oil with Vitamin D are molecularly distilled. The fish oil in their other Spectrum Fish Oil softgel products is currently not molecularly distilled. All Spectrum products are tested by a third party laboratory for toxins (PCBs, dioxin-like PCBs, dioxins, furans, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury) for purity and for freshness. Their fish oils meet GOED Omega-3 (Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 - formerly Council for Responsible Nutrition) standards. Further, their fish oil and cod liver oil meet California Proposition 65, European Union and Norwegian Food Safety Authority limits for toxins.
What species of mackerel are in your Fish Oil?
Their mackerel comes principally from Pacific Mackerel, which is a non-threatened species. However, due to variations in feeding patterns and the natural omega-3 content found in the mackerel, they may sometimes get their mackerel from the oceans around Africa. Their mackerel never comes from the Atlantic species, which is known to be predatory.
What types of fish are used in your Fish Oil?
Spectrum Fish Oil comes from non-threatened salt water species of wild-caught, small, plankton-feeding fish (anchovies, mackerel and sardines) that are low on the food chain. Harvesting these types of fish promotes sustainable fisheries. They principally come from Pacific water and sometimes from African oceans.
Which should I supplement my diet with Fish oil or Flax oil?
The choice is usually a matter of preference. Both ultimately supply your body with Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), which have been shown to have a number of important effects within the body.
The differences between fish oil and flax oil are as follows. Fish oil contains EPA and DHA. Their Norwegian Fish Oil capsules contain 360 mg of EPA and 240 mg of SHA per 2 capsule serving. Flax Oil contains Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid, which the body converts to EPA and DHA. Their Spectrum Essentials Organic Flax Oil contains 8 grams of omega-3 essential fatty acid per 1 Tablespoon serving.
Because the fish oil has preformed DHA and EPA, it is good for immediate brain and nerve support. If you feel you are very EFA depleted with brittle nails, brittle hair, failing eyesight, nervousness, etc, you may opt to take fish oil until you notice an improvement then convert to flax.
Please remember that these statements are in no way definitive and you should always consult with your healthcare practitioner before embarking on a new healthcare regime.
Both oils contain Essential Fatty Acids and have been shown to contribute positively to health. Some people opt to take both oils, reducing the amounts of both so that they complement each other.
How does Spectrum ensure that all the potential contaminants have been removed from its fish oil products?
Spectrum uses third party labs to independently test their fish oil for a comprehensive list of contaminants including heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, mercury; toxins such as dioxins, PCBs, pesticides; and metal elements such as aluminum, trace nickel, trace copper, iron and magnesium. All contaminants test at below detectable limits based on standards established by the Council for Responsible Nutrition, World Health Organization, and other advisory agencies.
Does Spectrum add back in the Vitamin A and Vitamin D that are lost during molecular distillation?
No. Many consumers eat healthy diets rich in vitamins or take a daily fat-soluble multivitamin, and some consumers even seek to minimize their intake of certain vitamins to avoid getting too much. As a result, they do not add back Vitamins A and D to their Cod Liver Oil. One serving of Spectrum Cod Liver Oil liquid (1 tsp/5mL) contains a range of 940-2,350 IU, or 19-47% RDI, of Vitamin A and 0-19 IU, or 0-5% RDI, of Vitamin D. One serving of Spectrum Cod Liver Oil softgels (4 softgels/2,080mg) contains a range of 416-1,040 IU, or 8-21% RDI, of Vitamin A and 0-8 IU, or 0-2% RDI, of Vitamin D. These ranges result from the fish's own diet, which varies depending on their feeding sources.
How does your Fish Oil and Cod Liver Oil differ?
Each type of fish oil contains different naturally occurring ratios of EPA and DHA. Their Cod Liver Oil has about 1 1/2 times the amount of DHA than EPA, while their Fish Oil has about 1 1/2 times the amount of EPA than DHA. Both EPA and DHA are important omega-3 essential fatty acids,however each component has unique benefits. DHA supports brain and nervous system functioning, while EPA supports heart health, reduces inflammation and improves cellular integrity. Spectrum's Cod Liver Oil comes from the non-threatened species of Arctic Cod. Spectrum's Fish Oil comes from non-threatened species of anchovies, sardines and mackerel.
The Taste of Goodness
Simply put, we're passionate about healthy fats. Spectrum started over twenty years ago with the purpose of making healthy oils available to the American public. That commitment and vision hasn't dimmed one bit. Whether artisan olive oils and trans-fat free spreads, or supplements like Flax Oil and other essential lipids, we're committed to bringing you the best there is.
Tradition and Innovation
Being a leader often entails forging new paths. Sometimes that means improving on the standard, like creating new packaging to better preserve delicate Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). Sometimes it means using traditional methods-- like expeller pressing and other natural processes. Learn more about what lies behind these terms and how they affect the product, the planet, and you as a person
Everything we do has an impact on the planet. At Spectrum, we strive to make the gentlest impression possible and, if we can, leave it in a better state then when we began. Here are some of the ways we're doing just that.
Spectrum has recently joined in the boycott of the Canadian Fishing/Seafood Industry against the killing of baby seals and wishes to acknowledge the overwhelming response we've received to thank us for our support. Please know that our limited resources make it impossible to respond to each and every one of you and that we feel and appreciate your support, by virtue of the tremendous outpouring of human emotion over this tragic practice. Thank you for joining Spectrum in our crusade of good stewardship, and in our efforts to help make the world a better place.
Health and Vitality
All of us need healthy fats in our diet. Some, like the Omega-9 Fatty Acid found in Olive Oil, are produced naturally by our bodies. But two, Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids, are an essential part of our health and must be obtained through our diets—our bodies simply can’t make them on their own. Here’s where you can learn more about the role of fats in your diet, and find information on the impact fats can have on issues specific to you.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How do I know if an oil has gone rancid and what should I do if it has?
Rancidity is easy to detect, but it is often confused with the intense flavor characteristics of unrefined oils. The odor of a rancid oil will be distinctly stale, and you may experience a gag-like reaction as you consume the oil.
Many unrefined oils, such as extra virgin olive, sesame, peanut, safflower and corn, have naturally intense flavor characteristics and a higher level of micro-nutrients than those that have been refined. Good extra virgin olive oil, for example, should have a pungent taste with a peppery finish, both of which are indications of naturally occurring polyphenols, the strongest anti-oxidants found in nature and the secret to the Mediterranean Diet.
If you are certain that a Spectrum product is rancid, return it to your retailer for credit. We guarantee the quality of our products, and will credit the retailer through their distributor. Every bottle of Spectrum culinary oil receives a production and lot code date, and retained samples are kept for analysis in the event of a problem. We have done extensive shelf stability testing over the years, and can proudly say that in our 18 years of bottling oils, we have never had an incident requiring a recall.
How do I know Spectrum Oils are safe?
Culinary vegetable oils do not contain sufficient moisture to sustain food-related bacteria and viruses, making them the safest food class available. We follow the FDA issued food process standards for vegetable oils as well as all Good Manufacturing Practices.
Should I refrigerate my Spectrum Essentials Oils?
All Spectrum Essentials Oils should be refrigerated to maintain and preserve the integrity of the oils. Light, heat and oxygen are all elements that gradually degrade the quality and nutritive content of the oils. That's why most Spectrum Essentials products are found in dark, argon-flushed bottles in the refrigerated section
Should I refrigerate my Spectrum Naturals Oils? What is the best way to store them?
Refrigeration is not required for our oils, but it does keep them fresher for a longer period of time. We recommend refrigeration for all of Spectrum's culinary oils with the exception of our Coconut Oil, which is very stable due to the amount of saturated fat in the oil.
- Frequent Use: If you use the oil frequently and will go through it quickly—-within two months for example—it's fine to leave it in in a cool, dark place. Once opened, its best to consume within 60 days.
- Extended Storage: If you plan on using your oil infrequently, you may want to consider refrigerating it to extend its freshness and shelf life. Please note that many oils with a high monounsaturated fat content, such as olive oil, will partially solidify if refrigerated. This does not harm the oil, but it does make it inconvenient. To re-liquefy, simply allow the oil to return to room temperature.
- The Details: Proper storage is important in maintaining the integrity of the oils. Heat, oxygen, and light are the most common damaging elements for oils. The more natural an oil, the more protection it needs. Spectrum Culinary Oils are properly sealed in glass bottles, without oxygen trapped at the top (oxygen initiates deterioration), and are quite stable until opened. Breaking the seal lets in atmospheric oxygen which begins breaking down the oil. You can slow this process dramatically by refrigerating your oils once you've opened them.
To ideally safeguard the nutritive value and longevity of your oils, keep them in a cool (40° F to 72° F), dark cupboard until opening, and then store them in your refrigerator. Storage under these conditions provides a shelf life of 10-14 months for unrefined oils, and 14-20 months for refined oils.
What is Olive Oil cold pressing?
It might surprise you to discover that the United States does not set standards for olive oils. All Spectrum olive oils conform to strict IOOC (International Olive Oil Council) standards for freshness and flavor. Olives used for our products are crushed at low temperature and the oil is left in its unrefined state to provide maximum flavor and nutritional benefit. Because the oil is unrefined, it is not suitable for use at high heat levels. For higher heat cooking, use High Heat Safflower or Canola Oils.
Are Spectrum products certified organic?
All of Spectrum's organic products are certified organic by third party certifier Quality Assurance International (QAI). QAI is regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). All organic certifications are regulated by The National Organic Program (NOP). The NOP regulations provide a national list of allowed and prohibited substances for contact with or use in organically processed products. QAI conducts annual inspections of growers and manufacturers to assure compliance and keeps detailed records.
SPECTRUM ORGANIC PRODUCTS
LEADING BRAND OF CULINARY AND NUTRITIONAL OILS
Spectrum Organic Products is the nation's top-selling brand of organic, expeller pressed culinary and nutritional oils. The company consists of two main divisions, Spectrum Naturals and Spectrum Essentials.
The Spectrum Naturals line of culinary oils and vinegars includes more than 30 varieties of seed, nut and plant oils including coconut oil, as well as vinegars, mayonnaise products, salad dressings, spreads, cooking sprays and trans fat free shortening, many of which are organic. In the Naturals product line gourmet food lovers will find extra virgin olive oils from Italy, Spain, Greece, Morocco and California, each one estate grown and produced in small batches, as well as the Artisan collection of organic mayonnaise with Olive Oil, Roasted Garlic, Dijon and Wasabi varieties. For optimum heart health, Spectrum Naturals now offers an Omega-3 Olive Oil. The company also offers more than 90 culinary oils and related products to the restaurant and foodservice market.
Spectrum Essentials is the company's line of nutritional oils including over 20 distinct products aimed at supporting good health by providing essential fatty acids like omega-3 and other vital nutrients. The Essentials line features a variety of flaxseed oils including a complete vegetarian omega-3 blend, Flax Oil with DHA. Spectrum Essentials offers flaxseed oil in both liquid and capsule forms as well as whole, ground and roasted varieties of flaxseed, a flax fiber powder supplement, fish oils and an exciting line of vegetarian DHA products for pregnant or nursing women and children. The DHA in these products is sourced from algae. Spectrum Essentials has recently added Organic Virgin Coconut oil to compliment the existing Spectrum Essentials Organic Coconut Oil for skin and hair. This 100% mechanically expeller pressed naturally unrefined virgin organic coconut oil comes from fresh coconut meat and contains 9g of medium chain triglycerides (MCT)s per serving.
Since its founding in 1986, Spectrum has been both a category leader and an industry innovator. In 2000, Spectrum was the first to introduce all-vegetable shortening containing no hydrogenated oils and zero trans-fats. In 2004, Spectrum relocated its flax processing facility to Cherokee, Iowa, establishing one of the largest plants of its kind in the U.S. This joint venture between Spectrum and an agricultural cooperative of family farmers of flaxseed ensures both a steady supply of high-quality product and supports sustainable agriculture and the family farm movement. Spectrum also contributes to the alternative bio-fuels industry by providing a bio-fuel research cooperative with the excess canola oil used to clean processing equipment. In 2007 the company was the first to offer a children's vegetarian DHA supplement made without fish oil.
Most significant is Spectrum's contribution to the market for products containing omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's), commonly known as "good fat" becausethey support the health of the veins, arteries and heart, as well as the hair, skin and nails. In addition to traditional fish sources of omega-3, Spectrum has led the industry with flaxseed products that offer a comparably effective vegetarian alternative to fish oil. There are no trans fats in any Spectrum product and no hydrogenated fats are used.
As a science-based company, Spectrum sets the industry standard for accurate nutritional analysis and labeling of its products. The company's commitment to product integrity begins in the orchards and farms where it sources raw materials and extends to the processing facilities, where it avoids harsh, toxic or harmful chemicals. Spectrum demands the same rigor of its suppliers, and maintains strict quality control through its national distribution network, going so far as to randomly test products on retail shelves.