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LABDOOR SCORE
66.7 of 100
Quality Rank 32 of 54

Value Rank 11 of 54


Ratings and Key Data

One serving of GNC Triple Cod Liver Oil measured 370mg omega-3 fatty acids, consisting of 200mg EPA and 120mg DHA. Furthermore, EPA + DHA content accounted for 31% 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 370mg
  • EPA/Serving 200mg
  • DHA/Serving 120mg
  • Mercury 2 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 370mg/serving, 42.3% over its 260mg label claim.

EPA and DHA content both exceeded their respective label claims: EPA measured at 200mg, 25% over its claim, and DHA measured at 120mg, 20% over its claim.


Product Purity

Product Purity
Category Average

Mercury content measured at 2 PPB (parts per billion), below the 2.4 PPB category averageThe 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 4 meq/kg, and p-anisidine value recorded at 16.7.

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

A single serving of GNC Triple Cod Liver Oil provides 370mg 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 200mg and DHA accounts for 120mg. 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 31% EPA + DHA.


Ingredient Safety

Ingredient Safety
Category Average

Mercury content measured at 2 PPB, below the 2.4 PPB category average and 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 35% of this product's total fish oil content.

370mg total omega-3 fatty acids, consisting of 200mg EPA and 120mg 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 show 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.