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LABDOOR SCORE
63.3 of 100
Quality Rank 37 of 54

Value Rank 10 of 54


Ratings and Key Data

One serving of Bodybuilding.com Foundation Series Fish Oil measured 410mg omega-3 fatty acids, consisting of 190mg EPA and 130mg DHA. Furthermore, EPA + DHA content accounted for only 26% of total fish oil content.

Label Accuracy
Product Purity
Nutritional Value
Ingredient Safety
Projected Efficacy
  • Analytical Tests 7
  • Serving Size 1 Softgel
  • Total Omega-3 410mg
  • EPA/Serving 190mg
  • DHA/Serving 130mg
  • Mercury 3 PPB (Upper Limit = 100 PPB)
  • PCB <0.01 PPM (Upper Limit = 0.09 PPM)

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Label Accuracy

Label Accuracy
Category Average

Omega-3 fatty acid content was measured at 410mg/serving, 59% below its label claim.

EPA and DHA, however, both exceeded their respective label claims: EPA measured at 190mg/serving, 5.56% over its claim, while DHA measured at 130mg/serving, 8.33% over its claim.


Product Purity

Product Purity
Category Average

Mercury content measured at 3 PPB (parts per billion), over the 2.4 PPB category average. The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED) mercury limit is 100 PPB. Bulk samples of this product also passed the six mineral assays, indicating presence of under 1 PPM of arsenic, lead, cadmium, bismuth, antimony, and silver.

Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) content (representative of aroclors 1016, 1221, 1232, 1242, 1248, 1254, and 1260) measured at less than 0.01 PPM. The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) 2 PPM limit on PCBs for the edible parts of fish/shellfish. California’s Proposition 65 requires products containing greater than 0.09 PPM of PCB content to bear a cancer warning.

Peroxide value recorded at 3 meq/kg, and p-anisidine value recorded at 17.5.

Note: Our freshness scores are based entirely on peroxide values, measures of primary oxidation in fatty acids. Flavoring agents have been shown to skew p-anisidine values (measures of secondary oxidation). LabDoor is currently researching alternative p-anisidine assays that have the capability to account for and eliminate the effects of flavoring.


Nutritional Value

Nutritional Value
Category Average

One serving of Bodybuilding.com Foundation Series Fish Oil provides 410mg total omega-3 fatty acids, below the 1.1g - 1.6g daily Adequate Intake (AI) range set by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for individuals over the age of 14. Of the total omega-3 content, EPA accounts for 190mg and DHA accounts for 130mg. There is currently no established daily recommended intake for EPA and DHA, although the World Health Organization's (WHO) recommendation -- 0.3g - 0.5g EPA + DHA/day with 0.8g - 1.1g ALA/day (which is partially converted to EPA and DHA) -- is held in high regard.

Furthermore, this product consists of 26% EPA + DHA.


Ingredient Safety

Ingredient Safety
Category Average

Mercury content measured at 3 PPB, over the 2.4 PPB category average but significantly below the 100 PPB limit established by the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED).

PCB content measured at less than 0.01 PPM, significantly below the 2 PPM limit set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the stricter 0.09 PPM limit enacted by California’s Proposition 65.


Projected Efficacy

Projected Efficacy
Category Average

Omega-3 fatty acids constitute 33% of this product's total fish oil content.

410mg omega-3, consisting of 190mg EPA and 130mg DHA, is expected to be moderately effective based on an estimated 1g recommended daily intake; however, products with higher EPA + DHA content are expected to confer greater clinical efficacy.

Omega-3 fatty acids are clinically shown to improve cardiovascular conditions such as coronary heart disease, hyperlipidemia and hypertension, and, according to limited evidence, enhance cognition, reduce anxiety, improve athletic performance and decrease risk of certain cancers. Clinical research supporting the latter effects is promising, but not conclusive; additional research is required before any conclusions can be drawn.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.