Omega-3 + CoQ10 + D3 Gold
Convenient 3-in-1 formulation of omega-3s from certified-sustainable Alaska Pollock, clinically-proven Kaneka Q10®, and bioavailable vitamin D3 to support cellular energy, heart, brain, bone, skin, and immune health.*
- 3-in-1 wellness formula
- 70% omega-3 fatty acids as triglycerides
- Clinically-proven Kaneka Q10®
- Bioavailable vitamin D3
- Made without chemical additives
- Made without magnesium stearate
We know that you entrust us with your health and the health of loved ones when you purchase a NutriGold product and this is not a responsibility we take lightly. This is one reason why we are uncompromising in our commitment to making the best-in-class products using ingredients with a history of safe use.
We also recognize that when it comes to supplements, quality is not self-evident and that there is no reliable way for a consumer to know just by looking at a product whether or not it actually contains what it claims to contain on the label. And although we cannot speak to the quality of products by other brands, we want to make sure you have the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision about NutriGold products.
In the spirit of authentic transparency and to assist you in making the purchasing decision that is right for you or a loved one, we have put together an “Informed Purchasing Decision” checklist that includes essential information about where the ingredients in this product are sourced from, where the finished product is manufactured, what tests are performed on our raw materials and/or finished products, and which third-party certifiers have evaluated the product’s compliance with objective quality standards.
Our Values in Practice
This product is manufactured in the USA using locally-sourced and certified organic verified ingredients and packaged using eco-friendly materials. To learn more about sustainability, visit our Sustainability Commitment page.
This product is made without chemical additives and provides a formulation of essential omega-3s, clinically-proven CoQ10, and bioavailable D3. To learn more about quality, visit our Quality Commitment page.
This product has been independently verified by accredited labs in the USA to meet stringent purity and overall quality standards. To learn more about accountability, visit our Accountability Commitment page.
Summary of third-party test results is available in lot-specific ‘Certificates of Analysis’ under the ‘Documentation Section’. To learn more about transparency, visit our Transparency Commitment page.
|Informed Purchasing Decision Checklist|
|Country of Manufacture of the finished product||USA|
|Country of Origin of raw materials used in the product||
Kaneka Q10® CoQ10 (USA), Purified Fish Oil (USA), vitamin D3 (Italy), Organic Olive Oil (Spain), Beeswax (USA), Bovine Gelatin (USA), Palm Glycerin (Malaysia)†
|Capsule size||Size 24 Oblong (Length: 26 mm Diameter: 10.5 mm)|
|Capsule type||Softgel (gelatin (bovine), purified water, and vegetable glycerin (generally from palm).)|
|Amount (or %) of active ingredient(s)||Independently verified by third-party lab(s)|
|Microbial contaminants||Raw materials and finished products independently verified to meet USP, NSF, and/or AHPA specifications|
|Heavy metals limits (Inorganic Arsenic, Cadmium Lead, & Mercury)||Raw materials and finished products independently verified to meet USP, NSF, and/or AHPA specifications|
|CA Prop 65 compliant for lead?||Independently verified to contain < 0.5 micrograms of lead at the maximum daily dosage|
|Manufactured without chemical additives?||(confirmed via extensive supply-chain verification)|
|Allergen status||Independently verified to contain < 20 ppm of gluten and < 5 ppm of egg, milk, peanut, shellfish, and soy allergens. Additionally, each lot is PCR tested for the absence of corn.
|Non-GMO verified?||Verified non-GMO by PCR testing|
|Kosher certified?||(the bovine gelatin in the product is certified kosher, but the fish oil and the product, as a whole, are not)|
|Residual solvents||Verified to meet USP <467> limits for residual solvents|
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Omega-3 + CoQ10 + D3 Gold Suggested Use, Supplement Facts, and Warnings
Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, adults take 1 softgel 1 to 2 times daily, or as directed by a healthcare professional.
|Serving Size: 1 softgel|
|Servings Per Container: 60|
|Ingredient||Amount Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat||1 g||1%*|
|Vitamin D (D3 as cholecalciferol)||62.5 mcg (2,500 IU)||313%|
|Purified Fish Oil (from Alaska Pollock)||1,000 mg||†|
|Total Omega-3 Fatty AcidsΩ||700 mg||†|
|EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid)||400 mg||†|
|DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid)||200 mg||†|
|DPA (Docosapentaenoic Acid)||20 mg||†|
|Other Omega-3s||80 mg||†|
|Kaneka Q10® CoQ10 (as ubiquinone)||50 mg||†|
|*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.|
|†Daily Value (DV) not established.|
|ΩExpressed as r-Triglyceride.|
Other Ingredients: Softgel shell (bovine gelatin [certified kosher], vegetable glycerin, water), natural beeswax, organic olive oil, natural mixed tocopherols. Contains a fish derivative (Alaska Pollock oil).
Caution: Please consult a healthcare professional before taking this supplement if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking any medications, or planning a medical procedure. Store in original container away from moisture and direct sunlight. Keep out of reach of children.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Please be advised that the content below is for information purposes only and should not be used to diagnose, treat, or cure a medical condition or as a substitute for a professional medical opinion.
General Questions About Omega-3 Fatty Acids
What are omega-3 fatty acids?
Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats that are considered essential because the body cannot make them on its own; they must be consumed in the diet or through supplementation. There are at least ten types of omega-3 fatty acids that exist in nature. However, the three most researched forms for human health are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
ALA is present in some plants and plant oils, such as flaxseed, while EPA & DHA are mainly present in fish, fish oils, and krill oil. ALA is considered a “parent” omega-3 because it can be converted into EPA and DHA in healthy individuals. However, because the ability to convert ALA into EPA and DHA may be compromised in some individuals, it may be necessary to consume omega-3s as EPA and DHA from the diet (e.g. fatty fish) or through supplementation to ensure optimal health.
What benefits do omega-3 fatty acids provide?
In addition to being key structural components of cell membranes in the human body, omega-3 fats also support heart, cognitive, eye and joint health. While EPA has been researched for supporting a healthy inflammatory response in the body, DHA has been researched for its ability to maintain brain health and membrane fluidity making it especially important for healthy brain, eye, and nervous system development. While EPA and DHA both offer unique and specific benefits, they also work synergistically to support overall health, which is why many supplements provide both omega-3 fatty acids.
What are some dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids?
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is considered a parent omega-3 fatty acid, can be found in flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts. In fact, it is the primary source of omega-3s for individuals who are on vegan or vegetarian diets. Omega-3 fatty acids in the form of EPA and DHA are predominantly found in marine sources like algae, fish, and other seafood. However, the omega-3 content in fish can vary based upon species and source. Cold-water fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring, and sardines tend to provide the greatest amount of omega-3s. If interested in exploring further, the Linus Pauling Institute has compiled two helpful tables that list the top food sources EPA/DHA and ALA along with the estimated amount of omega-3 fat they provide per serving. You can view the top food sources of EPA/DHA and ALA tables at the Linus Pauling Institute website.
What are some risk factors for an omega-3 deficiency?
A diet that contains a regular intake of cold-water fatty fish and ALA-rich seeds and nuts can typically supply the body with adequate amounts of omega-3 fats. However, today’s over-reliance on processed, nutrient deficient foods can sometimes provide an obstacle to consuming adequate amounts of omega-3s. Unfortunately, a deficiency in omega-3s is often difficult to diagnose due to a lack of accepted testing methods. Some symptoms that may develop from a deficiency include dry or irritated skin, dry eyes, joint stiffness, thinning hair, and mental health challenges. If concerned that you may be at risk for an omega-3 deficiency, please work with a healthcare professional to determine what dietary or supplemental changes/additions may be necessary to support your unique health goals.
What is the difference between the triglyceride and ethyl ester forms of omega-3 fatty acids?
Fish oil supplements contain omega-3 fatty acids in one of three forms—natural triglyceride (TG), ethyl ester (EE), or re-esterified TG (rTG). From a structural perspective, the omega-3 fatty acids in the EE form are bound to an ethanol background and the omega-3 fatty acids in the TG and rTG forms are bound to a glycerol backbone.
In terms of bioavailability, the natural TG form is the most bioavailable and this is the form that is present in natural food sources of omega-3s (e.g. fatty fish). A drawback of this form of omega-3 fatty acids is the concentration of omega-3s is somewhat low (approximately 25% to 30%) and higher doses may be required to meet recommended daily allowances.
The vast majority of omega-3 supplements provide omega-3s in the ethyl ester (EE) form. This form is considered semi-synthetic because it does not occur in nature and this form is thought to be less bioavailable in the human body than other omega-3 forms.
The re-esterified triglyceride (rTG) form is derived by re-converting or re-constituting the EE fatty acids back to the TG form. As such, the rTG form is chemically similar to the natural TG form, more bioavailable than the EE form and allows for higher concentration of omega-3s than the natural TG form.
What is the recommended intake amount of omega-3s to help ensure nutritional adequacy?
A Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) has not been established for omega-3 fats the way it has been for most micronutrients. However, health experts agree that regular consumption of omega-3s is important for supporting whole-body health and the following are some general guidelines established by the different organizations—
- The American Heart Association encourages people to consume at least 2 servings of oily fish weekly.
- For those that fail to regularly consume fish, the Linus Pauling Institute recommends taking a two-gram fish oil supplement several times a week.
- The International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) recommends healthy adults consume at least 500 mg of EPA+DHA each day to support cardiovascular health.
- The World Health Organization has established an AMDR (acceptable macronutrient distribution range) for EPA+DHA of 250 to 2000 mg per day. (visit the source of information website of the Linus Pauling Institute)
Because individual health needs and goals can and do vary, it is important to talk to a licensed medical professional to determine whether supplementation is indicated and, if yes, the therapeutic dosage needed to achieve desired results.
Is there an established upper toxicity limit for omega-3s?
The Food and Nutrition Bard (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine has not established an Upper Tolerable Limit (UL) for omega-3s. However, it is generally not recommended to consume more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA + DHA + other omega-3 fatty acids) from diet and supplements per day except under the guidance and supervision of a healthcare provider.
What are some factors to consider when choosing a fish oil supplement?
Depending on your reason(s) for supplementing with an omega-3 supplement and your personal preferences, it may be helpful to consider one or more of the following factors so you can be assured you are making the purchasing decision that is right for you—
- Source of the oil—fish, plant, algae
- Structure or form of the omega-3 fatty acids—ethyl ester (EE), natural triglyceride (TG), or re-esterified triglyceride (rTG)
- Amount of omega-3s (EPA+DHA) per serving—500 mg, 750 mg, 1000 mg (or more)
- Purity of the oil—tested for heavy metals, PCBs, Dioxins, radioactive contaminants
- Freshness of the oil—oxidation, rancidity
- Sustainability of the source—environmentally sustainable or renewable source
- Third-party tested or certified—IFOS
- Evidence that what’s on the label is, in fact, in the bottle—Certificate of Analysis
- Value—cost per gram of omega-3 fatty acids
Can omega-3 fish oil supplements be taken with OTC or prescription medications?
If you are taking or planning to take an OTC or prescription medication or planning a medical procedure, please consult a licensed pharmacist or your healthcare provider before beginning supplementation to minimize risk of side effects associated with potential supplement-drug interactions.
Still have questions?
For general information about omega-3 fats, check out the resources below—
- Omega-3 Fact Sheet for Consumers — Office of Dietary Supplements
- Essential Fatty Acids — Linus Pauling Institute
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids — Harvard School of Public Health
- GOED - Omega-3s for Consumers
For specific guidance on the suitability of omega-3 fish oil to support your particular health goals, please talk to your healthcare provider.
Questions about NutriGold Fish Oil Products
What is the source of the fish oil in NutriGold fish oil products?
The fish oil in NutriGold's fish oil products are 100% sourced from the USA and manufactured to stringent IFOS standards. All of our fish oil products are sourced from Alaska Pollock, native to the cold ocean waters of the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska. The Bering Sea is known to be one of the world’s most pristine and productive ecosystems for marine life. The fisheries that we source our omega-3 oil from are certified sustainable by MSC (Marine Stewardship Council). a highly respected third-party verification for sustainable fishing practices. For more information on the Marine Stewardship Council, including their standards, processes, and initiatives, please visit the Marine Stewardship Council website.
What does the “r-Triglyceride” or rTG form mean? Will this negatively impact blood triglyceride levels?
Fish oil supplements contain omega-3 fatty acids in triglyceride (TG), ethyl ester (EE), or r-triglyceride (rTG) form.
Omega-3s that occur in nature (e.g. in fish) are in the TG form and, from a chemical structure perspective, this means the omega-3s are bound to a glycerol backbone. This form is considered highly bioavailable. The drawback is that the overall concentration of omega-3s that occur naturally in most marine sources is low (25% to 30%), which means higher intakes may be required to meet recommended dosages.
Sometimes, companies will convert the omega-3s in the natural TG form to the ethyl ester (or EE) form. From a structural perspective, the omega-3s in the EE form are bound to an ethanol backbone. The conversion of the TG form to the EE form is generally done to achieve high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids while keeping the cost per gram of omega-3s affordable for the vast majority of consumers. There is some evidence that this form of omega-3s is synthetic and may suffer from poor bioavailability because omega-3s don’t occur in nature in the EE form and the body may need to reconvert it to an usable form when taken as a supplement.
NutriGold's fish oil products are offered in the r-Triglyceride (or rTG) form which is considered to be more bioavailable than the common ethyl ester form of fish oil while still providing high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids per serving. This is accomplished by re-converting or re-constituting the EE fatty acids back to the TG form (removing the fatty acids from the ethanol backbone and re-attaching them to the glycerol backbone).
Even though the TG and rTG forms of omega-3 fatty acids have the same chemical name as the unhealthy "triglycerides" in the body, they do not raise serum triglyceride levels. In fact, the omega-3 fatty acids in the TG form actually help support healthy triglyceride levels already within the normal range. Regardless, we encourage you to discuss any concerns you may have with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation so you can be assured that the product can, in fact, help support your health goals.
How does NutriGold ensure the purity of the ingredients used in its omega-3 fish oil products? Are they tested for heavy metals (e.g. mercury) and other marine contaminants?
NutriGold's fish oil products are sourced from Alaska Pollock, native to the cold ocean waters of the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska. Alaska Pollock are known to be naturally low in toxins and heavy metals. In fact, the American Heart Association considers the Pollock species of fish to be safe enough even for pregnant women to meet required amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, all of our fish oil products are molecularly distilled to remove heavy metals and other potential contaminants.
Every lot of our fish oil products is third-party tested for compliance with IFOS (International Fish Oil Standards) for purity, potency, and freshness. The IFOS 5-star program is the most trusted third-party testing and certification program exclusively for fish oils. If interested, you can view lot-specific third party testing results on our website and hvisit the Certifications by nutrasource official website.
Each IFOS report includes detailed testing results for freshness (TOTOX), as well as potency, marine contaminants, and heavy metals. Every lot of our fish oil products has been and continues to be IFOS 5-star certified and we haven't had a single lot since we first started manufacturing fish oil supplements that has not met the IFOS program's stringent requirements.
What assurance can you provide that the amount of omega-3s (EPA, DHA) listed on label is actually in the product?
All of our products are verified by independent third-party labs to meet identity, purity, and potency label claims. Our fish oil products are third-party tested to ensure compliance with IFOS (International Fish Oil Standards). The IFOS program is the most trusted third-party testing and certification program exclusively for fish oils. If interested, you can view lot-specific third party testing results on our website or at http://certifications.nutrasource.ca/ Each IFOS report includes detailed potency testing results as well as results for freshness (TOTOX), marine contaminants, and heavy metals. Every lot of our fish oil products has been and continues to be IFOS 5-star certified and we haven't had a single lot since we first started manufacturing fish oil supplements that has not met the IFOS program's stringent requirements.
If interested, more information on our our commitment to independent, third party quality testing can be found at this link - https://nutrigold.com/pages/accountability
How does NutriGold ensure the freshness of its fish oil and protect it from becoming rancid during production, packaging and in transit from its facility to consumers?
Freshness is an important factor to consider when it comes to omega-3 supplements. This is why NutriGold's fish oils are processed in an environment that is strictly controlled to ensure oxygen exposure (and oxidation) is minimized. Our fish oil is encapsulated soon after it is extracted and an antioxidant (mixed tocopherols) is added to protect the oil from oxidation and preserve freshness.
Because every lot of our fish oil products is third-party tested by IFOS (International Fish Oil Standards) for purity, potency, and freshness, you can review the results of testing at http://certifications.nutrasource.ca/ prior to making your purchase for complete peace of mind.
Should NutriGold fish oil products be refrigerated after opening to preserve freshness and to protect the product from becoming rancid?
Our softgel-based fish oil products are stable at room temperature and do not require refrigeration. However, they should be stored in their original container away from sunlight and moisture. Depending on your preference, you may refrigerate the product if you wish; some consumers prefer to refrigerate the product, especially during the hot summer months, to help keep the product fresh and others with sensitive GI tracts find that refrigerating the product helps minimize the risk of fish burps after taking the product.
Do NutriGold fish oil products produce a “fishy” aftertaste or repeat effect?
Our fish oil products rarely result in a fishy aftertaste or repeat effect because they are from a pristine source, processed quickly, include a natural antioxidant to protect against oxidation, and are in the more bioavailable rTG form. That being said, individuals with sensitive GI tracts who are generally more prone to a repeat effect may benefit from refrigerating the product and/or taking the product in the middle of the largest meal of the day to help minimize risk of fishy aftertaste.
What is the best time of day to take the NutriGold fish oil products?
Although not required, as a general rule, taking a fat-soluble supplement (like fish oil) with food may help enhance its absorption and assimilation. Some individuals, especially those with sensitive GI tracts, may benefit from taking fish oil supplements with food because it greatly minimizes risk of fishy reflux and/or burps. As a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what use, if any, is best for your individual needs.
What is DPA?
Docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) is a type of omega-3 fatty acid that is found in some seafood sources, including the wild Alaska Pollock we source our fish oil from. DPA is much less studied than EPA and DHA. However, the research that exists demonstrates that DPA may support a healthy inflammation response, cardiovascular health, and the absorption of EPA and DHA. (Source) The DPA in our fish oil product is not added separately; it is naturally occurring in Alaska Pollock and the potency is confirmed through third-party testing.
The supplement facts panel on NutriGold fish oil products list “Other Omega-3s.” What are these other omega-3s?
In addition to EPA, DHA, and DPA, our fish oil products also contain other naturally-occurring omega-3 fatty acids like Alpha-linolenic Acid, Stearidonic Acid, and Eicosatetraenoic Acid. Please note that the individual amounts of these other omega-3 fatty acids can vary slightly from batch to batch due to natural variations in the wild-caught Alaska Pollock.
Are NutriGold fish oil products suitable for children (under 18 years of age)?
NutriGold’s fish oil products are formulated for individuals over 18 years. Because children are considered a vulnerable population, we regret we cannot make any recommendations regarding the use of our products by children under the age of 18. We ask that you talk to your pediatrician or family practitioner about whether or not our omega-3 fish oil product is suitable and safe for your child’s particular healthcare needs prior to supplementation.
Are NutriGold fish oil products safe to take during pregnancy?
To the best of our knowledge, our product should be safe for consumption by pregnant women because it provides beneficial omega-3s that can support a healthy pregnancy. However, because pregnant women are considered a vulnerable population, we ask that you discuss your interest in our product with your healthcare provider prior to supplementation and take the product only under their guidance if you are pregnant, suspect you may be pregnant or planning to get pregnant.
How is the Triple Strength Omega-3 Fish Oil product different from the Double Strength Omega-3 Fish Oil and the Omega-3+CoQ10+D3 Gold?
All three fish oil products are essentially the same in terms of fish oil source, structure of the omega-3 fatty acids, and compliance with IFOS 5-star standards for purity, potency, and freshness. The two differences between the Triple Strength Omega-3 and Double Strength Omega-3 products are—(1) the Triple Strength Omega-3 fish oil provides 2,100 mg of total omega-3s per 2-softgel serving whereas the Double Strength Omega-3 fish oil provides 1,400 mg of total omega-3s per 2-softgel serving; and (2) the Triple Strength Omega-3 fish oil provides EPA and DHA in a 3:1 ratio whereas the Double Strength Omega-3 fish oil provides EPA and DHA in a 2:1 ratio.
The Omega-3+CoQ10+D3 Gold product provides the same amount of omega-3s and the same ratio of EPA and DHA as the Double Strength Omega-3 fish oil product. However, in addition to the omega-3 fatty acids, the Omega-3+CoQ10+D3 product also provides 50 mg of the clinically-proven Kaneka CoQ10 and 2,500 IU of vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol). As with any supplement, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine what product, if any, is best for your individual needs.
Which is better—fish oil or krill oil?
Both fish oil and krill oil products provide the same essential fatty acids, EPA and DHA. Given this, it follows that any research that supports the importance of EPA and DHA would be relevant and applicable to both products. However, because fish oil has been around longer and has, therefore, been the subject of more research, there is more clinical evidence to support fish oil's efficacy in supporting multiple areas of health than there is to support krill oil's benefits.
For those that are seeking a high potency omega-3 product, NutriGold's omega-3 fish oil products do offer much higher amounts of EPA & DHA per serving than what is provided by krill oil. However, the omega-3 fatty acids (EPA & DHA) in krill oil are naturally bound to Phospholipids, which bind to cell membranes in the body and help transport the omega-3s into the cells where they are needed. In other words, the omega-3s in krill oil may be more bioavailable to the cells, may be better absorbed, and, for this reason, may provide some of the same benefits at a lower dosage.
Regardless of whether you choose our omega-3 fish oil products or our krill oil products, you can be assured you are getting a high-quality product that can support your health goals when taken as part of a healthy lifestyle. As a matter of principle and in the interest of your health and safety, we encourage you to consult your healthcare provider prior to supplementation to determine which product is best for your individual needs.
Does NutriGold plan to offer an algae-based, vegan omega-3 supplement?
As a brand that values sustainability, we are committed to identifying algal sources of omega-3 that will meet our uncompromising purity, freshness, and stability standards. It is our hope to one day be able to offer a high-quality, vegan, algae-based omega-3 supplement. So, stay tuned!
Questions about capsule shell
What is in the capsules used by NutriGold to encapsulate its products?
Depending on the formulation, NutriGold products are encapsulated using cellulose, pullulan, organic pullulan, or soft gel capsules. Information regarding the composition of the capsule shell is provided in the “Informed Purchasing Decision Checklist” and is accurate to the best of our knowledge based on information available in the public domain as well as supply-chain documentation provided by the capsule and soft gel manufacturers/vendors.
Are any processing aids used in the production of the empty vegetarian capsule?
Yes. Minor amounts (~ 3%) of processing aids are used in the production of the empty vegetarian (cellulose) capsule shell. The processing aids used in the manufacturing of the capsule shell have been identified as proprietary by the capsule manufacturer and protected by intellectual property and confidentiality agreements between the capsule manufacturer/vendor and NutriGold. As such, we are legally bound to maintain this information strictly confidential and regret that we cannot provide this information to consumers. We can, however, assure you that the processing aids are non-toxic, generally recognized as safe (GRAS), compliant with both the United States Pharmacopoeia and European Pharmacopoeia, and do not pose an allergen risk.
Are the processing aids used in the production of the empty capsule shells present in the finished product?
Processing aids that are used in the production of the capsule shell may be present in the finished empty capsule shell. We regret we cannot provide precise information on the type of processing aid(s) or the approximate residual amount of the processing aid(s) in the finished capsule shell because it would require us to divulge information proprietary to the capsule manufacturer. We can, however, assure you that the processing aids used in the production of the empty capsule shell are non-toxic, generally recognized as safe (GRAS), compliant with both the United States Pharmacopoeia and European Pharmacopoeia, and do not pose an allergen risk.
I am concerned about a possible allergy to the processing aid(s) used in the production of the capsule shells. How can I find out what processing aids are used so I can determine whether the product is safe for me to take?
Although we make every effort to provide as much information as we can about the ingredients in our products to help consumers make educated purchasing decisions, there may be times when we cannot provide the requested information or clarification because it is proprietary to the manufacturer, as in the case of the processing aids. Disclosing protected information to unauthorized individuals, within and outside our organization, is not just unethical, but also unlawful. If you are concerned about a potential allergy to the processing aid(s) that may have been used in the production of the capsule shell, we encourage you to discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider prior to making a purchasing decision.
Why does NutriGold® sometimes use soft gelatin capsules to encapsulate its products?
At NutriGold®, we are committed to offering sustainable products using non-GMO, organic, and/or vegan ingredients, and this includes the capsule shell we use to encapsulate those ingredients. In fact, many of our products are certified vegan by Vegan Action®, helping provide unbiased assurance that the product (and the ingredients it contains) comply with both dietary and ethical vegan standards. However, there are some ingredients (e.g. fish oil, ubiquinol, astaxanthin) that are more sensitive to oxygen and can, consequently, oxidize or degrade. For ingredients like these, bovine gelatin soft gelatin capsule shells offer better protection and help ensure finished product integrity until the end of the shelf-life of the product. That being said, we are hopeful that growing consumer awareness of and demand for vegan options will continue to drive innovation in dietary supplement delivery systems and we are committed to replacing the gelatin soft gels in our products with a clean-label, vegan capsule shell that offers the same protection from the elements as the gelatin capsule when such an option becomes available.
Questions about the ‘Best By’ date and ‘Consume by’ recommendation
What does the “Best by” date printed on the bottom of the bottle mean?
The “Best By” date printed on the bottle is the date until which a product will meet label claims as long as the product is sealed or, once opened, stored and handled as recommended on the product label.
Is the product safe to take after the “Best by” date printed on the bottle?
As long as the product is stored and handled under conditions that will not cause it to become contaminated, the product should be safe to take past the “Best By” date printed on the bottom of the bottle. However, we do not guarantee that the product will meet stated label claims past the “Best By” date printed on the bottle.
Why does the product I purchased have a recommendation on the label to consume the product within a certain number of days after opening the bottle?
The “consume by” recommendation is included on products that are formulated using ingredients that are sensitive to environmental factors (e.g. heat, light, humidity). Although exposure to these environmental factors does not adversely impact or compromise product safety, it can degrade the potency of these eco-sensitive ingredients and, consequently, make the product less effective. So, to ensure that you get the most out of products that are made using eco-sensitive ingredients, please consume the product within the timeframe recommended on the label.
What is the difference between the “Best by” date and the “Consume by” recommendation on your products?
The “Best By” date printed on the bottle is the date until which a product will meet label claims as long as the product is sealed or, once opened, stored and handled as recommended on the product label.
The “Consume by” recommendation is included only on products that are formulated using ingredients that are sensitive to environmental factors (e.g. heat, light, humidity). Although exposure to these environmental factors does not adversely impact or compromise product safety, it can degrade the potency of these eco-sensitive ingredients and, consequently, make the product less effective. So, to ensure that you get the most out of products that are made using eco-sensitive ingredients, it is important to consume the product within the timeframe recommended on the label.
If the product I purchased contains ingredients that can degrade once the bottle is opened, how can I be confident that I am still getting the declared amounts of the nutrients on the label?
To ensure that our products provide the nutrients in the amounts declared on the label, we intentionally include higher amounts of eco-sensitive ingredients than what is declared on the label to compensate for degradation that may occur once the bottle is opened. The amount of an ingredient that is added above what is declared on the label is referred to as an intentional “overage” and it is added for the precise purpose of compensating for possible potency degradation during routine product storage and handling. That being said, we would like to assure you that we take great care to ensure that the amount of the overage does not exceed established tolerable upper limits and there is no risk of toxicity when the product is taken as directed.
Because there are practical and regulatory considerations on how much of an overage we can include in our different formulations, the most effective option we have available to ensure that consumers get the most out of our products is to provide the “consume by” guidance on products that contain eco-sensitive ingredients. You can be confident that you are getting the declared amounts of the nutrients as long as you store and consume the product within the recommended time frame.
Why do you recommend consuming the product within a certain number of days after opening the bottle even though the “Best by” date is months (or years) away?
NutriGold products are made with natural ingredients and without chemical preservatives. While the vast majority of ingredients we use in our products are stable and remain potent even after the product is opened, there are some ingredients that are particularly sensitive to environmental factors and must be handled with care from source to shelf, and beyond.
If the product you purchased includes a recommendation to finish the product within a prescribed time, it is important that you follow this guidance (unless it conflicts with instructions from your healthcare provider), so you can enjoy the health benefits that can only be realized when the product is taken consistently as recommended.
Will the product still provide benefits past the “consume by” recommendation on the bottle?
If the product you purchased includes a recommendation to finish the product within a prescribed time, it is important that you follow this guidance so you can enjoy the health benefits that can only be realized when the product is taken consistently as recommended. Although not consuming the product within the recommended time frame once the bottle is opened will not cause the product to “spoil” or become “unsafe,” the potency of some of the more eco-sensitive ingredients may start to degrade and this can diminish the product’s potential to support your health goals.
What is the best way to store NutriGold products?
NutriGold products are made with natural ingredients and without the use of any chemical stabilizers or preservatives. So, the best way to store them is in their original container away from direct sunlight and humidity. It is not recommended to empty the capsules or soft gels from their original container and store them in pill boxes or plastic bags because it could not only cause some of the more eco-sensitive ingredients to lose potency, but may also increase the risk of cross-contamination with other products or environmental pathogens.
Follow these simple guidelines to get the most out of NutriGold supplements —
Do talk to a healthcare provider before beginning supplementation if you have a medical condition or take any OTC or prescription drugs
Do NOT self-diagnose or attempt to treat or cure a medical condition with supplements
Do check out answers to FAQs so you know what to expect from the product
Do NOT make assumptions about the product’s quality, safety or effectiveness—when in doubt, always seek clarification from a trusted source
Do store capsules in their original container
Do NOT store capsules in pill boxes or plastic bags
Do take the product consistently as recommended
Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or skip doses unless instructed to do so by your healthcare provider
Do reach out to us at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns about the product
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