Wild Alaska Salmon Oil
The Healthy & "Natural" Choice
The health benefits associated with the consumption of long chain poly-unsaturated fatty acids, LC-PUFA’s, have been proven out in tens of thousands of scientific research publications dedicated to their study since the early 1970's. Hardly a week passes without a media report from a major medical study concluding yet another reason why the western diet should include healthier LC-PUFA’s.
Alaska Salmon contains among the highest natural sources of LC-PUFA’s with over one third of the fat of an Alaska Salmon falling in the unsaturated category. While the fatty acid content of Alaska Salmon may vary from year to year, and ultimately will depend on the type of fish the salmon eat prior to their harvest, the following table lists a “typical” fatty acid analysis of Wild Alaska salmon (reported as % of total):
|Typical Fatty Acid Analysis
|Total Omega-3||30.01%||Total Omega-6||3.64%|
In addition to the highly recognized omega-3 LC-PUFA’s like DHA and EPA, many other oil soluble micro-nutrients occur naturally in fish oils like vitamins, anti-oxidants, bio-flavinoids, and carotenoids. Not as thoroughly studied as the LC- PUFA’s, these oil soluble micro nutrients certainly play essential roles in the metabolic pathways these oils follow in our bodies.
While we believe the healthiest (and tastiest) way for a person to take natural fish oil is to consume more oily cold water fish like Alaska Salmon, we know that not everyone has access to quality fish, or even the desire to eat fish as frequently as they should. For those people, fish oil supplements are frequently recommend, and, even prescribed, as a viable alternative to increase the intake of polyunsaturated fats by their physicians.
It is, in our opinion, likely that the greatest health impact for humans taking fish oil supplements will come from the consumption of as natural and un-refined a source of cold water fish oil as possible, since, a natural and unrefined oil will still contain many of the original and key micro-nutrients which nature intended to accompany the oil during its metabolic "trek" through our bodies.
OUR GENTLE ALL NATURAL OIL EXTRACTION PROCESS:
APR’s brand of wild salmon oil, Pure Alaska Omega, is made using a gentle, natural, low temperature process, in a manner very similar to that used for extraction of extra virgin “cold pressed” olive oil. Our process does not thermally, or otherwise, degrade the many oil soluble micro nutrients or the LC-PUFA’s found naturally in Alaska salmon. Our oil is separated by centrifugation at the earliest stages of our fish hydrolysate production process, immediately after the grinding and heating of the salmon. The separation of the liquid phase from the solid phase of a salmon takes place in a food grade decanter (left). The liquid, which contains water, water-soluble proteins, micronutrients, as well as the oil, is immediately passed through a food grade high speed centrifuge (right) which separates the salmon oil from the water. The oil is immediately packed in sterile 1,000 liter IBC bins. Our all natural wild Alaska Salmon oil can be re-packed and shipped in clean 1-5 gallon poly pails and bottles, poly-lined IBC bins, 55 gallon SpaceKraft bins, 1,000 liter SpaceKraft bins, or any other sanitary bulk shipping containers.
Oxygen is an unsaturated fat’s worst enemy as the unsaturated bonds have a strong natural tendency to saturate with oxygen. All natural Alaska salmon oil is highly resistant to this oxidative process because it contains naturally high levels of anti-oxidants such as vitamin E (20-30IU/kg) and astaxanthin (3.0 ug/ml). Our wild salmon oil will keep well for a year without the addition of other anti-oxidants when stored in a cool dry place. To further extend the shelf life of the oil, we frequently add one of several natural anti-oxidants such as vitamin E oil or rosemary oil. With antioxidant additions, the shelf life our natural salmon oil can be extended in excess of 18 – 24 months.
|Typical APR Wild Salmon oil analysis|
|Moisture & Volatiles||0.05 – 0.15 % max||Acid Value||0.5 – 1.0 mgKOH/g|
|Insoluble Impurities||0.05 – 0.10 % max||Peroxide Value-Initial||0.5 – 8.0 meq/kg|
|Unsaponifiable Matter||0.25 – 0.75 % max||Iodine Value||130 – 160|
|Moisture Uns & Imp tot||0.50 – 1.00 % max||Pathogenic Bacteria||negative|
|Free Fatty Acids (FFA)||0.10 – 0.80 % max||Yeast and Molds||negative|
Our wild Alaska Salmon oil is clean, free of impurities, and safe for human consumption. We have tested our oil for heavy metals such as arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, selenium, and silver as well as twenty five other known Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP’s) such as poly chlorinated bi-phenols PCB’s, Methyl Mercury, DDT, Dioxin, Malathion, and Diazinon, to name just a few. In addition, a pollutant testing program for seafood is run by theState of Alaska for heavy metals and POP’s during the salmon harvest season from May thru October. The results of these tests are available at www.dec.state.ak.us/eh/vet/heavy_metals.htm.