What is the product life of your products, opened and unopened? In other words, how long will a bottle last me?
The expiry date of each Ascenta product is listed on the bottle. The bottle also states that products should be stored in the refrigerator for up to 100 days after opening.
What is the white, cloudy sediment in my fish oil? Is it harmful?
The white, cloudy sediment that can sometimes be found in bottles of fish oil is saturated fatty acids (found in low levels in Ascenta’s omega-3 products). Saturated fatty acids have higher melting points and higher solidification points than longer chain fatty acids, such as EPA and DHA. Therefore, saturates can sometimes solidify at refrigeration temperatures and this creates the cloudiness or sediment that you may see in your bottle; this is typical of supplements containing unsaturated fatty acids. If you are concerned about the white, cloudy sediment in your fish oil, we recommend that you shake the bottle before serving. It is completely normal and does not affect quality so your fish oil will still be pourable and taste the same under these conditions.
What's the difference between Natural Triglycerides and Ethyl Esters?
Although a product label may say “Fish Oil”, in many cases, the product is not an oil at all. Instead, it is an alternate lipid class called a fatty acid ethyl ester (or EE for short). This differs in molecular structure from authentic fish oil which has a chemical structure known as a triglyceride (or TG). The omega-3 fats present in fish are almost exclusively TGs. EEs, on the other hand, rarely occur in nature and this affects the way they are digested and absorbed in the body. The overall scientific evidence suggests that TG fish oils are better absorbed in comparison to EEs and strong evidence from recent studies support this claim. Research also suggests that TGs oils are significantly more stable than EEs, which is important considering that oxidation leads to the accompanying off flavours and smells that people often associate with fish oils. Products with the least amount of fishy taste and smell have undergone the least amount of oxidation and closely resemble fish oil in its most pure and fresh state. For more information on TG vs EE and why it’s important, please check out our comparison: http://www.ascentahealth.com/omega-3-and-you/the-science/triglycerides-vs-ethyl-esters-look-omega-3-supplement/
What is the Vitamin E in your products for? How much is in it? What it's from? What kind of vitamin E is it?
Tocopherols (vitamin E) are antioxidants used to stabilize the fish oil and they are derived from highly refined non-GMO soybean oil.
What makes up the “other omega-3s”?
The omega-3 family is comprised of 6 fatty acids, including alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), stearidonic acid (SDA), eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). “Other omega-3” is defined as any fatty acid belonging to the omega-3 family other than EPA or DHA, meaning that it could refer to ALA, SDA, ETA, and/or DPA although our fish oils do not contain any detectable amounts of ALA.
How much cholesterol is in your products?
The amount of cholesterol varies from product to product although the amount is typically small. For example, most of the NutraSea fish oil products contain 10% or less of the current % daily value (DV) for cholesterol from the diet. NutraSea DHA contains the highest amount of cholesterol, delivering 60% of the current % daily value.
How many calories are in your products?
Each teaspoon of our liquid products contains 40 calories and our 2x concentrated softgels contain 25 calories per serving and our softgels contain anywhere between 40-45 calories per serving.
What antioxidants are utilized in your oil and how do they work?
Ascenta uses different natural antioxidants in our products to prevent oxidation. Green tea extract is used in some of our products and provides excellent protection against oxidation, allowing our products to remain fresh for the duration of their shelf-life. Phospholipids are also used in some of our products and are also very effective at preserving the quality of our products. Our studies have shown that both green tea extract and phospholipids are more effective than the commonly used antioxidants, rosemary and ascorbyl palmitate.
Why is green tea a better antioxidant?
Ascenta uses different natural antioxidants in our products to prevent oxidation. Green tea extract is used in some of our products and provides excellent protection against oxidation, allowing our products to remain fresh for the duration of their shelf-life. Phospholipids are also used in some of our products and are also very effective at preserving the quality iof our products. Our studies have shown that both green tea extract and phospholipids are more effective than the commonly used antioxidants, rosemary and ascorbyl palmitate.
What are your softgels made of?
Our softgels are made from bovine gelatin, glycerin, and purified water.