In the final part of our five part series, we discuss the final steps of testing and packaging of a quality omega-3 product. Approaching testing with diligence and packaging with care, will help ensure that the end-user gets all the benefits associated with omega-3 supplementation…
Sealing in the Quality; Why Finished Product Manufacture Matters
The final steps in nutritional supplement manufacture involve inserting the selected ingredients into the chosen delivery form (liquids, softgels, tablets, hard capsules, and chewables) and packaging the end product. The most common delivery forms for omega-3 supplements are softgels and liquids.
3Care’s approach to supplement manufacture, while not unique, does contain important lessons on what health care practitioners should look for in order to protect and promote their patient’s health. The following is a brief summary.
Liquids and Softgels; Advantages and Considerations
Liquid omega-3 products offer a significant price advantage over softgels and are by definition easier to swallow than softgels and tablets. The manufacturing step of creating gelatin based softgels can contribute up to 50% of the cost to a bottle of supplements. Obviously, liquids don’t carry this additional cost. Also, for people who find it a challenge to swallow pills, or who require higher doses of omega-3, liquid is the logical option. Of course, if the liquid omega-3 does not have an excellent taste and smell profile, this option cannot be considered.
Capsules of course can provide convenience and taste becomes less of an issue (though steps have to still be taken to remove “fishiness”). When producing capsules, we utilize special technology/machinery that protects the shape and integrity of the capsule.
3Care sources their omega-3 from Norway’s Napro Pharma, purveyors of arguably the world’s finest pharmaceutical-grade omega-3. An additional advantage of partnering with Napro is that they have their own high-speed bottling plant onsite. Napro’s bottling line is distinguished by completely bathing the bottles being filled in nitrogen at every step in the process. This ensures that the fragile omega-3 oil is never put in contact with destabilizing oxygen.
United Pharma in Fullerton, California is the chosen location for 3Care’s softgel production. This cutting edge facility is built to pharmaceutical standards and is one of the most modern softgel facilities in North America.
Both United Pharma and Napro Pharma are certified NSF GMP-certified.
GMP Certification, Raising Quality to Higher Standards
Good Manufacturing Practices are guidelines that provide a system of processes, procedures, and documentation to assure the product produced has the identity, strength, composition, quality, and purity that it is represented to possess. Getting GMP-certified is costly, time effective, and adds additional steps to the manufacturing process. But the price is well worth it in that the safety and quality of the final product is greatly enhanced.
Our chosen manufacturing partners are also NSF GMP Sports Certified. The objective of this certification program is to ensure that participating supplement manufacturers have met stringent independent certification process guidelines, which were developed through a consensus process involving regulatory, industry, and consumer groups.
This program, which focuses primarily on the sports supplement manufacturing and sourcing process, provides key preventive measures to:
- Protect against adulteration of products
- Verify label claims with product contents
- Identify athletic banned substances in the finished product or ingredients
3Care goes the extra mile to provide health care practitioners safe, efficacious, and effective, professional-grade nutritional supplements. From the alpha to the omega, quality and safety are priority one!
We hope you have enjoyed this series of articles on quality and that it gives you a greater understanding of what goes in to producing a quality omega-3 supplement.