AquaOmega was born from an inspiration to do better. At the time, we started to develop our omega-3 products our company was involved in in the sports nutrition world, producing and promoting whole-food based products. While interacting with our customers and athletes, we were continually being asked to develop a high-quality omega-3 product concentrated in EPA to help reduce inflammation, improve recovery and reduce DOMs (delayed onset muscle soreness). At first, we didn't think much of it, but the request became so frequent that we decided to look into it a bit more. To do our proper due diligence, we surrounded ourselves with experts, Ph.D.'s in omega-3s, Naturopathic Doctors, Dietitians, and fitness experts, and we began to learn everything we could about omega-3s.
We started to look at what was available in the market and quickly realized there was an abundance of omega-3 products currently on shelves. These products, however, were being built for profit and not for efficacy. Given what we had already learned about the importance of this dietary supplement and that it is likely the most essential supplement that we can take daily, we felt compelled to do something better. From there, our love and passion for omega-3s was born and continues to grow every single day.
Where we source our ingredients
All of our omega-3s are sourced from fresh,wild-caught, never frozen anchovy exclusively from the South Pacific Ocean. We only use anchovy oil, because it is a very sustainable source of omega-3s. Anchovy is a small fish that has very low levels of natural contaminants compared to larger species of fish often used in other supplements.
The anchovy is harvested between the age of 6 months to a year, which means they naturally have much lower levels of contaminants when compared to mackerel, tuna, salmon or cod which is generally harvested after being exposed to the contaminants for 5 to 15years. The anchovy we use is from Arica, Chile. Our facility is located at the center of the fishing grounds which allows us the unique ability to harvest the anchovy and start converting them into oil within an hour or two from the time they are caught. This is the critical point when producing high-quality omega-3 products to ensure very low levels of oxidation.
The idea of catching fish specifically for omega-3s is unique, as generally omega-3 companies are sourcing from fisheries. Sourcing from fisheries equates to the use of multiple species of fish, fish that can no longer be sold into fish markets because they are about to spoil. Companies that do this, will have multiple species of fish listed on their label.
All AquaOmega products are put through rigorous 3rd party testing to ensure maximum potency and quality. All of our oils are certified by IFOS (international fish oil standards) and are certified and produced in a 5-star accredited facility to ensure quality, efficacy, and purity. They are free from contaminants, heavy metals and provide the lowest levels of oxidation.
AquaOmega is the only omega-3 product in North America that currently holds the Orivo Origin certification. This is a new certification, which has created lipid profiles for all species of fish now being used in omega-3 supplements. This allows us to certify that our omega-3s are exclusively anchovy oil from the South Pacific.
Lastly, all of our fish oils are sourced in a good sustainable fashion complying with the Friend of the Sea certification. Due to our commitment to these good sustainable fishing practices, we have been able to get our dolphin-safe accreditation as well. This is important to us because we feel compelled to do our part in the fight against commercial fishing that is devastating the environment, and claiming the lives of 300,000 whales and dolphins each year.
Innovation: Creating new and unique products with a truly therapeutic dose of omega-3s to help our end consumers reach their health goals.
Quality at an affordable price: We gave ourselves a mission to not only create the best omega-3s available but to also make them available at an affordable price. Given that this is the most important supplement you and your family can take, we do not feel that you should have to include them in your monthly budget to give your family the best.
Efficacy: Our omega-3s are designed to deliver effective doses in a premium Triglyceride form. Often, our products will have between 5 to 10 times the concentrations of others in the market. This is done with a purpose to ensure that we can achieve noticeable results.
Sustainability: All of our omega-3s are sustainably sourced, we avoid the use of large commercial fishing vessels to opt for the use of smaller fishing vessels so that everything is done in accordance with “Friend of the Sea”. With these great fishing practices, we have qualified to have our omega-3s certified as Dolphin Safe.
How we define wellness:
A state of wellness and balance would have us consuming omega-6 to omega-3s at a 1:1 or maximum 3:1 ratio. An imbalanced ratio converts directly into inflammatory short burst hormones in the body. The excessive amounts of omega-6 we consume have propelled us into a state of cellular inflammation. Inflammation is the root cause for countless chronic illnesses and diseases.
Wellness to me is restoring balance by reducing inflammation at a cellular level, which can drastically improve all areas of health, wellness, and life.