The mail delivery included a package today. It was a sample of so-called wild salmon oil from a company that’s been trying to sell me on their product for about three years. I’m not sure why they keep sending this, but I can tell you why I call it so-called wild salmon oil. See, I ask a lot of questions when it comes to supplements and the question I always start with is “Where does it come from? ” Then we get to more details, but if the first question isn’t answered clearly and documentation doesn’t follow, it’s game-over for that product as far as I’m concerned. And the fact is that most commercial fish oils come from mysterious sources because they they start off as a low grade by-product from rendering plants. It takes a lot of processing (sometimes done in North America and sometime not) before they’re considered fit for human consumption. The one product that I was impressed with is the one my husband, dog, and I take daily. The first thing that struck me when I saw it was the bright red/orange color of the oil. The color is due to a natural and powerful antioxidant called Astaxanthin. That should be a fist heads up because the sample I received today is either a very poor quality or the oil’s been “cut” with another type of fish oil. It’s a pinkish gold color rather than a bright jewel tone.
There’s a lot of hype in the supplement industry and sometimes the capsules fish oil comes in can be colored. Believe it or not, I once received a lovely looking so-called wild oil supplement sample, but when I pierced the capsule, the oil was yellow. It was the capsule that was the reddish color. Honestly, it makes you wonder what lengths some companies go to. Why not use a clear capsule and fill it with a great quality oil? Profits, I guess. And why use cheap pump bottles that allow the oil to oxidize? Oh yeah…profit, again.
A dedicated processing facility, sustainably harvested sockeye salmon, filtered and encapsulated oil in a pharmaceutical grade processing facility…is it too much to ask? I don’t think so. And I take my wild salmon oil happily knowing that it meets that criterion.
This article isn’t new, but it’s really good, so I hope you enjoy it: Fish oil slows burn of genetic fuse in ageing, say scientists