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What Is IFOS? Uncovering the Truth Behind International Fish Oil Standards

Have you ever wondered if your Omega-3 supplement truly delivers the promised benefits?

Amidst the myriad of dietary supplements available that line supermarket shelves and overflow internet shopping search results, it’s crucial to ensure their efficacy. One way to verify the quality of omega-3s supplements are through the International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS).

Ok, another acronym. Behind those four letters, what does such certification really mean and how can it guide you towards selecting the right supplements? 

Dive (yes, we love our puns) into our blog to learn what the IFOS are, and dispel any uncertainties surrounding the International Fish Oil Standards.

From this blog, you’ll learn:

Fishing for Information: What Is IFOS?

IFOS, in essence, sets the benchmark for quality in Omega-3 supplements. A standard set by Nutrasource, this certification program offers companies a method to assess their products against the most rigorous standards of quality, safety, and purity globally

IFOS Testing and Certification

As the only third-party testing and certification, IFOS encompass a meticulous evaluation process aimed at scrutinizing various aspects of supplements. This evaluation typically includes examinations for contaminants such as heavy metals, PCBs, and dioxins, ensuring that the product meets stringent standards.

These standards also assess the potency, verifying the concentration of Omega-3 fatty acids aligns with label claims. And lastly, IFOS entails ongoing monitoring to maintain the integrity and freshness of the product over time.

When a company and product has this qualification, it demonstrates transparency and accountability – as companies are required to showcase their test results online for public scrutiny.

Why Is IFOS Important?

Omega-3 fish oils have numerous health benefits. But, to see these benefits, it’s important that the quality of the supplements you take live up to the hype on their labels. Within the dietary supplement market, where false claims often run rampant, IFOS certification fosters consumer trust.  

Beyond merely meeting regulatory requirements, the IFOS seal provides tangible evidence of safety and quality. Meaning you can trust what is on the bottle’s label. 

Supplements bearing this seal demonstrate their potency, purity, and reliability, surpassing the minimum regulatory requirements. 

Beyond IFOS: Supplementary Considerations

While IFOS undoubtedly holds significant weight, it’s crucial to acknowledge that it’s not the sole factor to consider when picking a supplement. There exist other pivotal considerations when evaluating supplements. These factors expose the overall quality, efficacy, and suitability of a product for individual needs. 

To gain a comprehensive understanding of what makes a top-notch Omega-3 supplement, check out our comprehensive blog on assessing the quality of omega 3 supplements.

Our IFOS-Certified Products

Rest assured, our Omega 3 EPA and DHA fish oil supplements are IFOS certified, symbolizing our unwavering commitment to delivering the highest quality supplements.

Our premium-grade supplements are designed to optimize your health and well-being. Sourced from the purest marine sources, each soft gel encapsulates the potent benefits of fish oil. Check out our omega 3 supplements for some of the best supplements available to consumers. 

We offer both EPA and DHA varieties. Renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties, EPA plays a pivotal role in supporting cardiovascular health, cognitive function, and mood regulation. While DHA helps with brain health, healthy aging, and cellular resiliency. 

Lightbody’s values are rooted in transparency and quality, so our products undergo the rigorous testing and certification program, gaining the IFOS seal, to ensure purity and safety.

Ensuring Quality: The Key Takeaways

The quality and reliability of Omega-3 supplements is paramount in supporting our health and well-being. By adhering to high standards, you can trust that the products you choose have undergone thorough testing to guarantee quality (like our omega supplements!). 

Through the IFOS program, we have demonstrated our commitment to transparency, accountability, and consumer safety. With this assurance, you as a consumer can make informed decisions and confidently embark on your journey towards optimal health!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the third party test for fish oil?

IFOS is the world’s highest standard for third-party testing for fish oil, involving independent laboratories assessing the quality, purity, and potency of fish oil supplements. This ensures they meet industry standards and label claims.

Is fish oil regulated?

Fish oil is regulated by various governmental agencies, including the FDA and EPA, which set standards for quality and safety. However, the regulation may vary depending on the country.

Where do I find IFOS-certified Omega-3 supplements?

Great news, IFOS-certified Omega-3 supplements can be found at our shopping page! Additionally, the IFOS website has a searchable database where you can verify the certification status of specific products.

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Michelle Zofrea, COO at Lightbody and a founding member of the Lightbody Supplements team, boasts a background as a collegiate athlete, having played NCAA volleyball at Elon University, where she earned a BA in Journalism with minors in Health & Wellness Education and Business Administration. Transitioning to the marketing manager role at DefenderShield, a leading digital wellness company specializing in EMF shielding products, Michelle's dedication to multimedia content significantly advanced the company's marketing efforts. Now serving as COO at DefenderShield, she continues to drive innovation in digital wellness while contributing to the launch of Lightbody supplements as a complement to DefenderShield's offerings. Michelle's commitment to holistic wellness, reflected in her vegetarian lifestyle and love for outdoor activities, underscores her importance as a foundational member of both DefenderShield and Lightbody.

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Kylen Ribeiro, CEO at Lightbody, leads the strategic growth of the company, drawing on her collegiate swimming career, B.S. in Marketing and Management, MBA from Florida State University, yoga instructor certification, and digital wellness background. Following her MBA, she secured an executive management position at a top global retailer, honing skills that propelled her to become CEO at DefenderShield, a pioneering digital wellness business. Passionate about EMF protection, she has spearheaded efforts to raise awareness, particularly concerning children's health. Recognizing the need for holistic protection, Kylen and her team launched Lightbody, combining external protection products with cellular-level supplements based on cutting-edge research and expert input. In her personal life, she enjoys family time with her husband, Alan, and their two sons, while Alan owns Caridian Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Tampa, FL.

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