Certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
600mg omega-3s per serving (with 240mg EPA + 220mg DHA)
No artificial preservatives, color, dairy, starch, wheat, yeast, sugar, or soy
Our whole, unrefined, certified-pure virgin Omega-3 Sockeye Salmon Oil is extracted from wild Alaskan sockeye within hours of harvest.
The brilliant orange color of our Salmon Oil comes from astaxanthin: a potent antioxidant pigment that wild sockeye acquire by eating krill and other zooplankton.
Its whole-food attributes make Vital Choice Sockeye Salmon Oil a rare and powerfully health-promoting omega-3 supplement!
Our whole, unrefined salmon oil vs. standard, refined fish oils Because it is not chemically refined, our Salmon Oil reflects the nutritional profile of its source: the heads of freshly harvested salmon.
Our Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Oil retains all of the fats, astaxanthin, and abundant vitamin D3 found in salmon head oil, making it a true “whole food” supplement.
(Astaxanthin is the orange-hued – and highly healthful – carotenoid-class antioxidant pigment that wild salmon acquire by eating zooplankton.)
Standard omega-3 supplements contain oils from diverse fish of widely variable purity and fat composition. The oils invariably undergo chemical refinement to ensure their safety and to consistently provide predictable levels and ratios of omega-3 EPA and DHA.
In contrast, because it comes from extraordinarily pure fish, Vital Choice Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Oil does not need to undergo chemical refining.
The U.S. EPA and FDA recommend wild Alaskan Salmon without reservation, and NSF International certifies the purity and potency of our Salmon Oil.
Omega-3 health benefits According to the U.S. FDA, “Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.”
The long-chain omega-3s (EPA and DHA) found only in seafood (especially fatty fish) – and in supplemental fish and krill oils – are essential to human life and support optimal health in key organs, systems, and life stages*:
Skin, hair, and nails
Joints and movement
Cognition (thinking), attention, mood, and memory
Key nutrients per serving Each 3-capsule (3,000 mg) serving provides these naturally occurring nutrients†:
Omega-3s: About 600 mg of total omega-3 fatty acids, including approximately 240 mg of omega-3 EPA and 220 mg of omega-3 DHA
Vitamin D: 430 IU of vitamin D3
Vitamin A: 1440 IU of pre-formed vitamin A
Astaxanthin: About 36 mcg††
†Nutrient levels may change slightly from year to year, in accordance with natural seasonal and geographic variations.
††Wild salmon are the only fish that provide naturally occurring astaxanthin: a potent, carotenoid-class antioxidant pigment obtained from the zooplankton they eat. Among wild salmon species, sockeye contain the highest levels of astaxanthin and vitamin D3. The astaxanthin natural to our Sockeye Salmon Oil protects it from oxidation more effectively than the weaker tocopherol antioxidants added to standard fish oils.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Vital Choice Salmon Oil (upper left) versus two major brands. The orange color comes from astaxanthin -- its natural antioxidant pigment.
Certified purity and potency NSF International certifies that our Sockeye Salmon Oil provides the omega-3 levels stated on the label and meets strict U.S. and international safety standards. Wild Alaskan sockeye salmon are among the purest of all ocean fish, according to the EPA, FDA, and independent scientists. (Visit our Purity page to learn more.)
Storage Store in a cool, dry place. You can refrigerate or freeze the oil, though there is no need, except in excessively warm room conditions. Our Salmon Oil will become cloudy if refrigerated or frozen, but this is no cause for concern. (For more, see "Cloudy Fish Oil Myth", below.)
Daily Dose The recommended dosage for healthy adults is 3 capsules daily (3,000mg of salmon oil) or as recommended by a health care professional. This advice is based on intake recommendations from authoritative scientific bodies. To learn more, click here. It is best to take Salmon Oil with a meal. If you experience excessive occurrences of fishy burps, try our lemon-flavored Salmon Oil.
CAUTIONS: Salmon oil should be taken at the recommended dose. Consult with your physician before taking substantially higher doses, or taking this product if you are pregnant, diabetic, allergic to fish or iodine, using blood thinners, have a diagnosed cardiac condition or immune disorder, or anticipate surgery. Omega-3s for Mothers, Infants, and Children
Here is what widely respected pediatrician William Sears, M.D. told us in respose to our question on this subject:
• "... experts attending a 2005 workshop recommended at least 300 mg a day for pregnant and nursing mothers (most mothers get only 20-25% of this amount, unless they take omega-3 fish oil supplements). In our medical practice we have mothers take at least 500 mg of DHA per day during pregnancy and lactation."
• "The recommendation for infants is at least 200mg of DHA per day, which is the dosage added to infant formulas."
• "Practically speaking, infants under one year old receive their omega-3s through mother's milk or fortified formula, but it is perfectly safe and perhaps even beneficial for infants to be given extra Vital Choice fish oil at a dose of around 300 mg a day of DHA. I stress DHA rather than EPA because DHA is the main brain growth omega 3."
NOTE: There are as yet no official omega-3 intake recommendations for children over two years of age, so please consult your pediatrician. A dose of 300 mg of DHA would be provided by 8 of our 500 mg Salmon Oil capsules, 4 of our 1000 mg capsules, or 1 teaspoon of our Liquid Salmon Oil.
CAUTION: If your child has never had fish or fish oil, please check for seafood allergies (which are uncommon) by rubbing some Salmon Oil on his or her skin, in a less sensitive area such as the lower leg.
A Cloudy Fish Oil Myth Our Salmon Oil will become cloudy if refrigerated or frozen, and this is no cause for concern. Makers of some highly refined, distilled fish oils assert, disingenuously, that if a fish oil becomes cloudy when cold this means it is not as pure or efficiacious as an oil that remains clear when cold. But if a fish oil becomes cloudy when cold this simply means that it retains some of the shorter chain fatty acids -- including small amounts of saturated fatty acids -- that occur naturally in fish.
In fact, most of what we know about the myriad health benefits of omega-3 fish oils comes from studies involving consumption of whole fish, which, like our Salmon Oil, contain small amounts of saturated fatty acids, which, in any case, are perfectly heart-healthful, according to the current scientific consensus.
Fish oils and blood thinners The omega-3s in fish oil possess properties associated with “blood thinning”, but according to research by American Heart Association (AHA) consultant William Harris, Ph.D., they do not appear to pose any risk to persons taking blood-thinning drugs (e.g., Coumadin). To learn more about this research, published in the American Journal of Cardiology, see “Can Fish Oil Cause Bleeding Risks?”.
PLEASE NOTE: The U.S. FDA has not evaluated these statements. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Consult with your physician before taking doses substantially higher than recommended, or taking this product if you are pregnant, diabetic, allergic to fish or iodine, have a diagnosed cardiac condition or immune disorder.
Omega-3s 600mg (EPA 240mg / DHA 220mg) Vitamin A 1440 IU Vitamin D 430 IU
* Percent Daily Values
are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower
depending on your calorie needs.
Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Oil, Organic Lemon Oil, softgel capsule (fish gelatin, glycerin*, purified water)
Contains no artificial preservatives, color, dairy, starch, wheat, yeast, sugar, or soy
*The glycerol in the glycerin that’s used in our softgels as part of the gelatin compound is derived entirely from vegetable sources, contains no animal products and does not come in contact with any animal-derived products until it meets the fish gelatin in the process of making our capsules.