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Does Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil Exist or Is It Just Marketing Hype?

There are many different fish oil supplements on the market but actually none qualify as pharmaceutical grade fish oil. Why is that? Let's clear something up:

There are no pharmaceutical grade fish oil supplements on the market today!

I know this may come as a surprise and paradigm shift to you. The truth is, if you'll excuse the pun, it's a red herring.

Let me explain. Believe it or not, that term -- pharmaceutical grade fish oil -- has been created by supplement marketers in order to sell product, nothing more.

That said, are there standards for purity and quality that at least approximate pharmaceutical grade fish oil?

Yes, there are.

Fish Oil Pills, EPA and DHA & More "Pharmaceutical Grade" Info

While the benefits of fish oil EPA and DHA are significant, can one obtain a "cleaned" fish oil? The answer is an emphatic yes, but there are certain things to look for.

  • Only buy approximated pharmaceutical grade fish oil EPA and DHA supplements (We will discuss the pharmaceutical grade fish oil term momentarily). This ensures the fish oil has been molecularly distilled. Molecular distillation separates the heavy metals from the healthy fish. DO NOT settle for any non-molecularly distilled fish oil and only settle for a fish oil pill supplement that meets at least the made up "pharmaceutical grade fish oil" supplements
  • Consider contacting the supplement company to ask where they obtain their source fish. The cleaner the ocean waters, which have been increasingly polluted with industrial pollutants worldwide, the better
  • Find out the purifying process. The more rigid the better

One company meets these criteria. Their Omega 3 fish oil EPA and DHA supplement utilizes deep, cold-water fish called Hoki (and south Pacific tuna) that are found off the Southern ocean of New Zealand. As stated on the company's website saying:

"The Southern Ocean at this latitude (unlike its northern counterpart) is not exposed to any form of industrial pollutants, but nonetheless the fish still goes through extensive molecular distillation processes to remove any form of contamination at all, whether that be natural or man made. We were also fortunate that the fish selected is also naturally high in DHA making it even more attractive."

Approximately 50% of their Omega 3/DHA Fish Oil is taken from New Zealand hoki fish located in a pristine area of the Southern Ocean where there has never been exposure to contaminants and heavy metals. The rest from south Pacific tuna.hoki fish - fish oil supplement source

Unlike the North Sea which is unfortunately becoming polluted, the area where the hoki are located is not near shipping lines. The hoki fish and its oil contain no detectable contaminants whatsoever.

Moreover, with the south Pacific tuna, they not only utilize molecularly distilled fish oil made from the fish body but it's put through a special proprietary purifying process that ensures an even higher level of purity that can be garnered through rigid molecular distillation alone. No other company does this.

Just how pure is this pharmaceutical grade fish oil? Look at this graphic below: 

Let's analyze this for a moment. Purity is measured in by determining the levels following components in the fish oil: dioxins, heavy metals and PCBs. When you peruse this Certificate of Analysis (COA), you will see that the company whose product I use exceeds the various international standard requirements. (Incidentally, ppb means parts per billion and ppt means parts per trillion.)

It should be mentioned that the organization IFOS is a private organization that a lot of fish oil marketing companies use for testing and showcase in their marketing materials. The other three are reputable and produce acceptable standards of testing and certification.

Let's go into that info a little more.

As you can see, this company's standard for mercury is set at the level of detection at 10ppb (parts per billion). None was detected. If you look at the international standards as given in the table, you'll notice the international organizations listed have set their acceptable levels at 100ppb, which is ten times higher. Now that is purity and approximates what is perceived to be pharmaceutical grade fish oil!

For total PCBs, their standards are 18 times below the level set by the CRN. Their total dioxin level is set at a level that is approximately four times lower than the other organizations in the table! 

Simply put, what you're seeing here is that one supplement manufacturer's own standards and certified purity levels exceeds all governmental standards. I take their fish oil pills supplement and I recommend you should too, if you want the best that's out there. That said, though, it is certainly up to you.


Finding molecularly distilled, pharmaceutical grade fish oil EPA and DHA is difficult as supplement fraud is rampant. Therefore, you might want to check out this company's fish oil pills that approximate what you're looking for when you came to this page: fish oil supplement.

I've personally been taking this company's supplements, including their DHA fish oil one, for the past eight years and have noticed increased health in every way including higher energy reserves.

This is one of the best supplements you should strongly consider adding to your diet.

Pound for pound, it's also the cheapest yet has a phenomenal number of health benefits.

I hope this article has been helpful to you.

Yours in health,

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