Fish oil is one of the most highly recommended supplements for daily nutrition. The essential fatty acids found within fish oil support the entire body, especially the heart and the brain.
New Chapter's Wholemega is one of our top-selling fish oils that has gained a loyal following. Kelly Cassise, a representative for New Chapter was kind enough to share with us what makes Wholemega such a superior fish oil supplement:
eVitamins: Where does the fish oil in Wholemega come from?
Kelly Cassise: Most fish oil products are made from fish meal produced by forage fisheries in Peru. Why is this a concern? According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, all prey fisheries in the coastal areas of Peru are between fully and over exploited, with no regard for predator species.
Wholemega is produced from 100 percent sustainably wild-caught salmon from the wild salmon fillet industry in Alaska and not produced from foraged species or farmed fish. Salmon in Alaska are caught under comprehensive guidelines set up by the Constitution of the State of Alaska.
EV: How is Wholemega processed?
KC: Most fish oil products are highly processed to produce a pharmaceutical grade omega-3 supplement. Naturally pure Wholemega utilizes 100 percent wild Alaskan salmon pressed in a similar process to fine olive oil. This extra-virgin process preserves the natural antioxidants and vitamin D3 that can be removed in other fish oils during processing.
Wild Alaskan salmon requires no purification because Alaskan waters are protected and have remained pristine. Wholemega is then third party tested and verified to be pure.
EV: How many different omegas are delivered in each serving of Wholemega?
KC: Fractionated, highly processed fish oil products focus on concentrating isolated DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), while valuable omegas and other constituents found in whole fish may be lost in the process. This may leave the body without many of the factors naturally found in whole fish.
Wholemega offers a natural range 17 omega fatty acids including five forms of omega-3 -- including DPA (docosapentaenoic acid) and HPA (heneicosapentaenoic acid). Wholemega also delivers a unique spectrum of omega-5, 7, 8(myristoleic acid, palmitoleic acid and margaroleic acid) and omega-9 fatty acids (oleic acid, gadoleic acid, erucic acid and nervonic acid) as well as a naturally occurring antioxidant, astaxanthin, and natural vitamin D3.
EV: How is the fish oil in Wholemega stabilized to reduce oxidation?
KC: Most fish oils are preserved with a small amount of vitamin E. Heavy heat processing for purification of fish oils may increase oxidation and cause rancid, off flavors and odors.
Wholemega is protected by a unique Botanical Antioxidant Stability System, made of supercritical carbon dioxide extracts of organic oregano and rosemary oil. This natural system protects and stabilizes the vital fatty acids in Wholemega.
EV: Is there any human clinical research on the very same serving size of fish oil delivered in Wholemega?
Although there is much research on the benefits of EPA and DHA, this research is generally not conducted on finished, highly concentrated EPA/DHA isolated supplements. Human clinical trials have shown Wholemega helps retain healthy triglyceride markers and promotes other studied heart markers, like the omega-3 index.
EV: What are the health benefits of consuming fish oil and a product like Wholemega on a daily basis?
KC: More and more people today are becoming aware of the extraordinary health benefits attributed to eating oily fish. For many years now, the American Heart Association has recommended eating at least two servings per week of fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids. For many Americans, maintaining the consistency of oily fish in the diet is challenging and some people feel concerned about mercury, PCBs or other contaminants that can be found in many species of fish. For this reason, more people take fish oil today than any other dietary supplement. Wholemga offers the nutritional benefits of salmon in a convenient softgel, which is unique. One week of taking Wholemega delivers the whole omegas of three servings of wild Alaskan salmon.
There are so many products in the marketplace today that choosing a quality fish oil supplement can be challenging. These explanations sum up the five criteria consumers should consider when shopping for fish oil supplements.