Although none of the marketing companies of the three primary brands (OmegaRx, Ultimate Omega, and Lovaza) of omega-3 products actually makes its own fish oil products, companies do set standards for raw materials they use for those products they sell. The more you know about these standards, the better the product choice you can make for yourself. All omega-3 fatty-acid concentrate products come from the same source, anchovies and sardines off the coasts of Peru and Chile. What separates the quality of fish oil are the purity and potency of the final products that can be quantified by the following tests.
All omega-3 fatty acid products derived from fish oil will contain PCBs. To state otherwise is simply false. The question is the levels of PCBs in the finished product. The lower the levels of PCBs in a product, the higher the purity. Unlike other brands, Zone Labs has the strictest standards in the industry for the omega-3 products it uses. The international standard for the upper limit of PCBs is 90 parts per billion (ppb). That is fine for a health- food-grade product, but not for a professional grade. At Zone Labs our upper limit for PCBs is 5 ppb, which is 18 times more rigid than commonly used international standards. However, PCB levels will vary from lot to lot. This is why Zone Labs is the only company of the three major brands that posts the levels of PCBs on each lot of its omega-3 products on its Website for all to see. Testing for PCBs is expensive, but it is your guarantee of our commitment to product excellence and purity.
Omega-3 concentrates are very prone to oxidation. Even after they are bottled or put into soft gelatin capsules, oxidation of the omega-3 fatty acids will continue. The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed strict standards to determine whether or not any edible oil is rancid and, therefore, whether it is suitable for human consumption. That standard is based on Total Oxidation (Totox) levels in the product actually being used. This is a rigid standard that governs all edible oil trading in the world. Since omega-3 fatty acid are exceptionally prone to oxidation, Zone Labs is the only company that posts the Totox levels on the finished product (not the raw materials) for every lot of omega-3 fatty acid product we make.
Like PCB and Totox levels, the levels of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA are key to your ability to reduce diet-induced inflammation. That's why Zone Labs is the only company to post the levels of EPA and DHA in every lot of omega-3 products we sell to ensure product consistency. More importantly, we also offer a fatty-acid testing service through Zone Diagnostics (www.zonediagnostics.com) that allows you to determine the actual amount of omega-3 fatty acids you require to help manage your levels of diet-induced inflammation.
Commitment to Ongoing Clinical Research
This means actually doing the research and publishing the results, not just supplying products. Zone Labs is the only company that sets aside a percentage of its product sales for continuing clinical research by the non-profit Inflammation Research Foundation. No other company has such a commitment to omega-3 fatty- acid clinical research. Zone Labs is also the only company headed by a leading medical researcher in the area of omega-3 fatty-acids.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Are Only a Part of an Overall Anti-inflammatory Nutrition Program
The management of diet-induced inflammation requires the appropriate orchestration of the high-purity omega-3 fatty acids, adequate levels of polyphenols to protect the omega-3 fatty acids from oxidation in the body, and maintaining an anti-inflammatory diet to prevent the build-up of diet-induced inflammation. Zone Labs is the only company that offers a complete anti-inflammatory nutrition program for you. That's why Zone Labs is the leader in anti-inflammation nutrition through our commitment to Evidence-Based Wellness®.