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LABDOOR SCORE
76.5 of 100
Quality Rank 8 of 54

Value Rank 4 of 54


Ratings and Key Data

One serving of The Vitamin Shoppe Omega-3 Fish Oil recorded 1050mg omega-3 fatty acids, consisting of 680mg EPA and 260mg DHA. Furthermore, EPA + DHA content accounted for 76% 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 1050mg
  • EPA/Serving 680mg
  • DHA/Serving 260mg
  • Mercury 1 PPB (Upper Limit = 100 PPB)
  • PCB <0.01 PPM (Upper Limit = 0.09 PPM)
  • Note: The data in this report is based on Labdoor's July 2014 analysis of this product. This product is no longer available in the formulation tested.

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Label Accuracy

Label Accuracy
Category Average

This product does not disclose total omega-3 content (for which it was penalized on its Label Accuracy score). Our analysis recorded 1050mg total omega-3 fatty acids.

EPA content was measured at 680mg/serving, 13.3% over its claim, and DHA content was measured at 260mg/serving, 8.3% over its claim.


Product Purity

Product Purity
Category Average

Mercury content measured at 1 PPB (parts per billion), below 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 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 compounds.

Peroxide value recorded at 2.9 meq/kg, and a p-anisidine value recorded at 13.7.

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

One serving of this product provides 1050mg 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 680mg 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 76% EPA + DHA.


Ingredient Safety

Ingredient Safety
Category Average

Mercury content measured at 1 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 84% of this product's total fish oil content.

1050mg of total omega-3 fatty acids, consisting of 680mg 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.