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BioCeuticals

 

 

BioCeuticals are an Australian company, part of the ASX-listed group Blackmores. BioCeuticals practitioner products are available to practitioners, students, and clients of practitioners via vital.ly.

 

BioCeuticals contact phone: + 61 2 9080 0900

Address: 16 / 37-41 O'Riordan Street, Alexandria 2015, N.S.W. Australia

Email: cs@fit.net.au

 

Buy BioCeuticals online at www.vital.ly

 

BioCeuticals fish oil

Formulated to deliver ratios of EPA and DHA that are clinically trialled and proven to be effective, UltraClean EPA/DHA is a rich source of the essential omega-3 fatty acids, important for normal growth and development, and also help reduce the risk of heart disease. Pregnant and lactating women in particular have a hign requirement for omega-3 essential fatty acids.

 

The Australian National Heart Foundation states “Omega-3 oils are a type of polyunsaturated fat. Polyunsaturated fats are healthier because they help to reduce your risk of heart disease. . . Fish oil capsules or liquids that contain at least 500mg of EPA and DHA in a daily dose are also a good source“.

 

BioCeuticals fish oils are:

  • Sourced using small fish species (typically anchovies, sardines, mackerel) with naturally accumulated toxins kept to an absolute minimum
  • Sourced from the clean waters of the southern Pacific Ocean
  • Harvested from sustainable marine environments with stringent quotas to limit environmental impact
  • Manufactured without exposure to light, air or high temperatures
  • Processed in manufacturing facilities that meet government regulations and BioCeuticals® own standards for quality manufacturing practices.
  • Packaged in either opaque white plastic or amber glass to protect from light
  • A GOED-quality range of fish oils - Meets highest standards of purity and cleanliness making it suitable for even the most sensitive of individuals
  • Provides highly concentrated ratios of beneficial omega-3 EPA and DHA
  • Encapsulated with enteric coating and vanillin flavouring to further minimise fishy aftertaste

 

BioCeuticals use the highest quality fish oils and the highest quality production techniques, ensuring each capsule contains maximum potency. BioCeuticals® is proud to be acknowledged by GOED Omega-3 (Global Organisation for EPA and DHA Omega-3s) as complying with its strict purity standards.

GOED purity requirements are the most stringent of internationally recognised standards, including the TGA. More than just meeting the purity guidelines set out by TGA and GOED, BioCeuticals only accept fish oil testing well below each and every mandated purity limit.

 

Sustainability
BioCeuticals use fish oil obtained from small fish species better able to reproduce compared to larger species.  BioCeuticals are a proud member of GOED, committed to responsibly developing, sustaining and expanding markets for EPA & DHA Omega-3s. Read more about GOED and fish oil sustainability.

BioCeuticals fish oils are sourced from the clean waters of the southern Pacific Ocean, harvested from sustainable marine environments with stringent quotas to limit environmental impact.



Enteric Coating

The ingredients used in the enteric coating of BioCeuticalsTM fish oil capsules are ethylcellulose, sodium alginate, stearic acid, medium chain triglycerides and oleic acid, ingredients which are natural and commonly used in or sourced from food. These ingredients have been assessed as safe by the TGA and therefore suitable for use in low risk listed complementary medicines.

 

Further, both UltraClean EPA/DHA Plus and EPA/DHA Plus have been subjected to post market reviews by the TGA. There were no safety issues identified, and in addition BioCeuticals enteric coating ingredients have been internationally evaluated as safe.

 

The safety of BioCeuticals products is of paramount importance, requiring ingredients to be as natural as possible, while still providing the necessary physical and chemical properties for product stability and physiological efficacy.

 

Low mercury, heavy metals and pesticide residues

All types of fish accumulate toxins from their environment, however small fish species store relatively small amounts. BioCeuticals® fish oils are manufactured from small fish species only. In addition, they are obtained from clean ocean waters and also tested for pesticides and heavy metals.

 

Furthermore, the patented purification and concentration technologies used ensure the highest grade of fish oil is produced. These processes occur in a cool, closed system, free of air and light, to prevent oxidation and keep oils fresh. The final products are clean, fresh, stable, and concentrated in the omega-3 acids EPA and DHA, without the typical fishy smell and taste.

 

Where did my BioCeuticals fish oil come from? (The is also available via the BioCeuticals website)

 

To produce the highest quality fish oil supplements, BioCeuticals starts with high quality fish from clean ocean waters. Fish oil is extracted from these fish, and then begins a multi-step purification and concentration process to: 1. remove any impurities present in the starting fish oil 2. remove unwanted non-therapeutic fatty acids (mostly short-chain fatty acids) in order to increase the concentration of beneficial omega-3s. The end result is a product that satisfies the BioCeuticals standard for high quality fish oil for inclusion in its fish oil range.

 

1. Starting Material

  • Small oily fish species naturally high in omega-3s: sardines, anchovies and mackerel.
  • Harvested from the clean waters of the Southern Pacific Ocean in accordance with sustainable fishing practices.
  • Tested for pesticides and heavy metals

2. Deacidification by Hydrolysis

  • Unwanted free fatty acids, coloured components and proteins responsible for fish odour are removed.

3. Contaminant Stripping

  • Removal of pesticides, PCBs, dioxins, mercury, other heavy metals, and other organic pollutants.

4. Deconstruction

  • Fatty acids, bound as triglycerides, are converted to ethyl esters in a process of trans-esterification. 
  • Fatty acids are separated from their glycerol backbone and joined onto an ethyl backbone to create the ethyl esters

5. Concentration and Purification

  • Light fraction short-chain fatty acids, the heavier residual glycerides and other impurities are distilled out, leaving behind the beneficial longer chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.

6. Reconstruction

  • The ethyl esters are converted back into triglycerides with glycerol backbones, at a higher omega-3 concentration than the original fish oil.
  • A proprietary enzyme catalyst allows this conversion to be conducted at a lower temperature. This results in less oxidation and unwanted by-products, with improved taste and odour.

7. Upgrading

  • A second molecular distillation process further decreases the levels of monoglycerides, diglycerides and ethyl esters, resulting in highly concentrated levels of triglycerides (90%) in the fish oil.

8. Cleaning and Deodorising

  • The omega-3 concentrate is filtered through natural clay to remove any oxidation products, significantly reducing peroxide and p-anisidine values.
  • Steam distillation is performed under vacuum to remove any remaining volatile aldehyde proteins. 
  • The resulting oil is virtually without any fishy taste or odour.

9. Oxidation Protection

  • The entire production process is conducted in an oxygen-free environment, either in a vacuum or under a “nitrogen blanket”.
  • Nitrogen blanketing protects the omega-3 fatty acids from oxidation ensuring quality and purity.
  • Antioxidant protection is provided by natural mixed tocopherols and d-alpha tocopherol.

10. Finished Product

  • The concentrated oil is transported in steel drums avoiding contact with other reactive metals such as copper and iron.
  • Encapsulation is carried out at an Australian TGA Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) approved facility in a nitrogen-blanketed environment to eliminate oxygen exposure during processing.

 

BioCeuticals fish oil – pregnancy and breastfeeding:

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding During pregnancy, the growing baby relies solely on its mother for its DHA supply. DHA is required for the healthy development of the baby’s brain and eyes. Once baby is born and begins breastfeeding, mums should keep up their DHA intake to ensure an adequate supply through their breast milk. Maintaining healthy DHA levels will benefit the development of the baby and help to replenish the levels of new mums.

 

Should I eat fish during pregnancy and breastfeeding? Due to the risks of mercury toxicity in our fish supply, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand recommends the following for pregnant women and for children: No more than 2-3 serves per week of any fish and seafood not listed below OR 1 serve per week of orange roughy (deep sea perch) or catfish and no other fish that week OR 1 serve per fortnight of shark (flake) or billfish (broadbill, swordfish and marlin) and no other fish that fortnight

Note: 1 serve = 150g for adults, 75g for children up to 6 years.

 

BioCeuticals fish oils and arthritis

Keeping healthy means staying active. But that’s hard to do when your joints don’t agree with you. Whether it’s from an old sporting injury, or general wear and tear, you don’t have to put up with painful, arthritic joints. Fish oils have a strong anti-inflammatory action so they’ll help to calm the inflammation and pain of arthritis, and get you moving again.

 

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Recent update 22/01/2015 - BioCeuticals fish oils meet and exceed label claim (The below press release can be found on the BioCeuticals website:)

 

BioCeuticals can provide full assurance in the strength, quality, purity and label claim of its trusted fish oil supplements, in light of research claiming 29 of 32 other fish oil brands available in New Zealand did not contain the levels of EPA and DHA stated on their label.



The research, published in Nature Journal, also showed some brands had alarming levels of oxidation. Although no brands were identified in the study, the limited data on label claim and country of origin that was provided could not be correlated with any BioCeuticals product. Regardless, as a supplier of quality fish oil supplements, BioCeuticals would like to highlight some limitations of the study, as identified by GOED:

 

  • None of the 30% products tested actually contained 30% EPA+DHA. All but one were in the 17-19% range. Because of the consistency of the results, it seems likely that the authors were using a method that yields incomplete results. The authors did disclose their method and did not follow the accepted AOCS, European Pharmacopeia, or GOED Voluntary Monograph methods, although it is unclear whether the authors' method was validated.
  • The authors did not use the TGA-approved European Pharmacopeia methods for measuring EPA and DHA content and appear to have modified the approved methods for measuring oxidation.
  • The authors' statement that "oxidation may at least in part account for the low n-3 PUFA levels" suggests a lack of general knowledge of lipid analysis. The amount of n-3 PUFA lost to the oxidation implied by high pAV and PV is too low to be picked up by FAME analysis.
  • Supplements tested were bought from retail stores and the authors have not investigated whether there was any storage issue.
  • No brands are named so the results cannot be compared to other tests on the same batch.

 

BioCeuticals fully reassures clients their supplements were not tested in the study, and that their products absolutely meet their label claim.


How does BioCeuticals ensure quality, purity and strength of its fish oils?
Our fish oil is independently tested a minimum of three times for EPA and DHA levels from the time the fish are harvested until the capsules are bottled.


BioCeuticals is a member of the Global Organisation for EPA and DHA omega-3s (GOED), which imposes strict international quality requirements for member products. BioCeuticals fish oil supplements meet and exceed each and every standard set by the Therapeutic Goods Administration and GOED.


There are several different ways to test EPA and DHA levels in fish oil and the validated methods used for our products gives us confidence that they maintain their freshness, quality and are true to label.


In addition, we have a stability program that ensures batches are quality tested by both an independent laboratory as well as our own quality assurance team. This quality evaluation ensures our fish oil retains its purity and potency throughout their shelf life.


Every BioCeuticals product sold in Australia and New Zealand comes through our facility at Alexandria in Sydney for further quality evaluation.



How does BioCeuticals limit exposure to dangerous heavy metals and pesticides?
BioCeuticals uses only fish that are naturally lower in toxins and advanced manufacturing technologies that further purify the extracted fish oil. These decisions ensure that any amount of toxins in our final fish oil product is negligible.

All products, including BioCeuticals fish oils, adhere closely to manufacturer specifications and none of our products exceed chemical guidelines for oxidation markers. 

How can practitioners ensure they recommend a high quality fish oil?
The proof is on the label! For quality and purity assurance, look for the GOED logo on your fish oil labels, as well as a purity monograph which highlights the amount of pollutants in your supplements. 

When choosing and recommending a fish oil, it is important to select a product that has been processed and stored properly and has been thoroughly tested for oxidation by-products.

For more information about the quality, strength and purity of BioCeuticals fish oil supplements, please ask your practitioner.