FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
What are omega-3s, and why are they so important?
Omega-3 fatty acids are “good fats” that are extremely vital to health. Like vitamins and minerals, our bodies cannot produce omega-3s, so they must be provided by our diet. EPA and DHA are the active forms of omega-3 required by the body to perform vital functions.
Omega-3 (EPA & DHA) function in the body
- Promotes cardiovascular health
- Reduces inflammation
- Supports mental focus & long-term cognitive function
- Supports positive mood & emotional well-being
- Promotes brain, eye, & nervous system health
- Promotes healthy joint flexibility
- Supports healthy immune system function
- Enhances health and appearance of skin and hair
- Promotes optimal fat metabolism
- Supports healthy aging
The widespread use of vegetable cooking oils (omega-6) and a much lower consumption of fish (omega-3) have contributed to an omega-3 deficiency, or imbalance, in the diets of many North Americans. As compared to the ancestral diet of Neo-Paleolithic humans, omega-3 consumption has dropped 20 fold from a daily intake of 3.0 grams down to a meager 0.15 grams. At the same time, omega-6 consumption has increased dramatically, far exceeding the recommended daily intake.
A decreased amount of omega-3 relative to omega-6 in the diet results in greater inflammation in the body, leading to an increased risk of degenerative disease.
What is pharmaceutical-grade fish oil?
Pharmaceutical-grade fish oil, also sometimes called ultra-refined fish oil, is a fish oil that has undergone an advanced molecular distillation process that concentrates it and removes all impurities, such as heavy metals, furan, dioxin and PCBs.
Why are your products better than the cheaper health-food grade fish oils I find at the store?
First, See Yourself Well Omega-3 and Life Support Omega-3 products are more than twice as concentrated as most health-food/drugstore grade fish oils, which means they contain twice as much omega-3 fatty acids per capsule. So, you would have to cut the price of our omega-3 products in half in order to compare them to most other fish oils. Furthermore, all of our omega-3 products are pharmaceutical-grade — highly-refined and certified to be extremely pure and concentrated by the International Fish Oil Standards program.
How can I tell if a fish oil is free of toxins?
Almost all fish oil brands claim to be purified, but very few provide any kind of proof or certification. Recently, several brands of fish oil were recalled when they were found to contain high levels of dioxin, a highly poisonous substance. However, every batch of See Yourself Well Omega-3 and Life Support Omega-3 is tested with the 3rd-party International Fish Oil Standards program.
What is the International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS) program?
All of our products are certified toxin-free by the third-party International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS) program.
From the IFOS website:
[IFOS], through its certified and accredited reference laboratory partners, tests omega-3 and whole fish products for PCBs, Mercury, Heavy Metals, and Oxidation levels in accordance with Council for Responsible Nutrition’s voluntary monograph on omega-3 products and safety standards for human consumption. Dioxin and Furan levels are tested against the World Health Organization’s standard and omega-3 concentration is tested and compared with the product label claim.
Why are cold-pressed fish oils better?
All of our fish oil products contain oil that is cold-pressed. Cold-pressed oil is oil which has been produced with the use of a low-heat technique. While higher-heat methods yield more oil, the introduction of heat to the process degrades the flavor, nutritional value, level of purity and color of the oil. For this reason, cold-pressed oil tends to be more expensive, but it is of much higher quality and purity.
What kinds of fish are used in your products?
Our products start with wild sardine, anchovy and mackerel. These are small, non-threatened species that are low on the food chain and have a short life span, thus ensuring that bio-accumulation of contaminants is kept to a minimum. Never farmed, our fish are harvested from the cold, pristine waters off the coasts of Peru and Chile, where there are significantly fewer environmental impurities than in many other parts of the world.
What are the non-medicinal ingredients in your products?
The non-medicinal ingredients in both See Yourself Well Professional and Life Support Omega-3 capsules are the gelatin capsules themselves, purified water and glycerin. The non-medicinal ingredients in our See Yourself Well Professional Liquid Omega-3 are vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) and natural mango flavor.
Our products do not contain yeast, wheat gluten, soy protein, milk/dairy, shellfish, corn, sodium, sugar, starch, preservatives, artificial coloring or flavoring.
Why is fish oil more effective than flaxseed oil?
Both fish oil and flaxseed oil contain Omega-3 fatty acids, but only fish oil contains EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Both EPA and DHA play an extremely important role in normal function of the heart, brain, eyes, nervous system, kidney and liver. These “essential” fats have been proven to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and inflammation. Furthermore, 15% of the brain is composed of DHA — important stuff!
Unfortunately, according to quite a few studies (like this one, this one and this one), the body will convert only a very small amount of flaxseed oil into DHA and EPA. As another study states, thousands of investigations have proven the benefits of fish oil, but only a few have been done on the benefits of flaxseed oil.
What are your shipping policies?
We ship all orders via the US Postal Service, with either first-class (3-5 business days) or Priority service (2-3 business days), depending on the size of your order. If you are interested in expedited service rates, please contact us prior to placing your order. We typically ship orders the day after the order has been received, but often ship out orders on the very same day.
We will also be offering UPS/FedEx in the near future, but in the meantime, please feel free to <a href= “https://secure.seachangenutraceuticals.com/contact” target="_blank">contact us for additional shipping options!
Do you ship outside the United States?
Yes, we ship all over the world; however, you’ll want to make sure that your country’s customs laws allow you to receive nutritional supplements from the United States. Please also note, your country may levy taxes on your order, which you may have to pay before receiving your order. This varies from country to country — please be aware of your country’s requirements prior to placing an order. We cannot be responsible for any orders held by customs. We may or may not be able to refund orders held by customs due to non-allowment or non-payment of taxes.
International orders are delivered via USPS International Air Mail, within 5-10 business days of shipping, depending on region and speed of postal service within the country of delivery.
What is your return policy?
Sea Change Nutraceuticals guarantees the quality of all our products. Your satisfaction is our first priority! If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your order, please contact us within 30 days of receipt of your order for customer care assistance. You may contact us by e-mail or call us at 1-888-606-4517.
Sea Change Nutraceuticals is committed to protecting your privacy. We will never sell or otherwise share your name, email address, or other personal information with any other business or marketing campaign without first obtaining your permission, except in the event of a sale of (all or part of) the business itself.
What is AutoShip? Does it cost anything?
The AutoShip program allows you to receive heavily-discounted fish oil shipments on a regular basis, every 4-8 weeks, automatically. There is no obligation, no costs or hidden fees, and you can cancel any time after your first order ships. Read more about AutoShip
Quick FAQ List
- What are omega-3s, and why are they so important?
- What is pharmaceutical-grade fish oil?
- Why are your products better than the cheaper health-food grade fish oils I find at the store?
- How can I tell if a fish oil is free of toxins?
- What is the International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS) program?
- Why are cold-pressed fish oils better?
- What kinds of fish are used in your products?
- What are the non-medicinal ingredients in your products?
- Why is fish oil more effective than flaxseed oil?
- What are your shipping policies?
- Do you ship outside the United States?
- What is your return policy?
- What is AutoShip? Does it cost anything?