What characteristics must a pharmaceutical-grade fish oil product have?

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Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine
Keep in mind that in order to represent itself truly as pharmaceutical-grade, a fish oil product must have the following characteristics:

It must be manufactured in a certified Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) facility approved for pharmaceutical products. It must be manufactured according to pharmaceutical standards, including quality control to ensure that the product is virtually free from lipid peroxides, heavy metals, environmental contaminants, and other harmful compounds. It must provide at least a 60 percent concentration of the most active long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA).
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