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LABDOOR SCORE
69.9 of 100
Quality Rank 23 of 54

Value Rank 40 of 54


Ratings and Key Data

One serving of GNC Ultra Triple Strength Omega 1000 measured 1260mg omega-3 fatty acids, consisting of 890mg EPA and 260mg DHA. Furthermore, EPA + DHA content accounted for 78% 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 1260mg
  • EPA/Serving 890mg
  • DHA/Serving 260mg
  • Mercury 3 PPB (Upper Limit = 100 PPB)
  • PCB 0.02 PPM (Upper Limit = 0.09 PPM)

FULL REPORT


Label Accuracy

Label Accuracy
Category Average

Omega-3 fatty acid content was measured at 1260mg/serving (GNC does not disclose total omega-3 content on its Nutrition Facts label).

EPA exceeded its label claim, measuring at 890mg, 23.78% over its claim, while DHA, at 260mg, measured 7.47% below its claim.


Product Purity

Product Purity
Category Average

Mercury content measured at 3 PPB (parts per billion), just above the 2.4 PPB category average but significantly below the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED) 100 PPB limit. 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 compounds.

Total polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) content (representative of aroclors 1016, 1221, 1232, 1242, 1248, 1254, and 1260) measured at 0.02 PPM, which is significantly below the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 2 PPM limit for the edible parts of fish/shellfish. It is also below the stricter standards enacted by California’s Proposition 65, which requires products containing greater than 0.09 PPM of PCB content to bear a cancer warning.

GNC Ultra Triple Strength recorded a peroxide level of 5 meq/kg (Mean = 3.7, Upper Limit = 5) and a p-anisidine level of 11.5.

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 GNC Ultra Triple Strength provides 1260mg total omega-3 fatty acids, just 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 890mg and DHA accounts for 260mg. 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 78% 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).

This product had measurable levels of PCB content, recording 0.02 PPM of aroclor 1260. This is 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 86% of this product's total fish oil content.

1260mg omega-3, consisting of 890mg EPA and 260mg DHA, is expected to be highly effective based on an estimated 1g recommended daily intake.

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.