International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS) is the only third-party testing and certification program exclusively for fish oil supplements. This voluntary program tests the purity, potency, and freshness of fish oils. Carlson has received a five-star rating on more than 30 of our omega-3 fish oils.
Friend of the Sea (FOS) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, whose mission is marine habitat conservation. Known for their strict guidelines and procedures, FOS is a leading international certifiecation project. Carlson and its suppliers hold FOS certifications.
IGEN Non-GMO Program
International GMO Evaluation and Notification (IGEN) is a voluntary third-party certification program that tests for the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The IGEN non-GMO icon can be found on the front of all tested Carlson omega-3 products.
ITQI Superior Taste Award
Carlson delicious and natural liquid fish oil flavors have been honored with Superior Taste Awards from the renowned chefs and sommeliers of the International Taste & Quality Institute (ITQI).
Omega-3 Fish Oil Forms
Fish oils are commonly available in four forms: TG (Natural Triglyceride), EE (Ethyl Ester), rTG (Re-Esterified Triglyceride), and PL (Phospholipid). Whether we choose a TG, EE, rTG, or PL oil, our EPA and DHA blood levels can be easily raised to an optimal amount when taken daily.
Omega-3 supplements are lifestyle supplements meant to be taken long-term for the benefits associated with an EPA and DHA red blood cell concentration above 8%. An appropriate dose of any form can achieve this goal and help maintain optimal omega-3 levels.
While there are four common forms of marine oils, Carlson fish oils currently fall into five categories
- TG: Non-concentrated 100% natural triglycerides
- EE: Concentrated ethyl esters
- rTG: Concentrated re-esterified triglycerides
- TG & EE: A mixture of natural TG form and potent EE form
- PL: Phospholipids from herring caviar extract
The Most Important Health Benefits of EPA and DHA
The most beneficial omega-3s are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). EPA is most recognized for its heart and mood health benefits, and DHA is best known for its role in supporting brain and vision health.
Brain and Nerve Health
- Supports cognitive function
- Enhances nerve transmission
- Protects neuron lifespan
- Found in high amounts in the retina
- Important for optimal vision health
- A healthy, stable heart
- Healthy blood vessels and circulation
- Arterial wall elasticity
- Healthy normal triglyceride levels
- Healthy joints
- Comfortable movement