Supercritical CO2 Triglyceride
Supercritical CO2 advanced technology gently extracts omega–3 fatty acids without applying excessive heat and/or chemical solvents. This process minimizes the possibility of the formation of isomers (structural changes) or other unwanted by–products and does not expose the oil to solvents such as hexane or ethanol. CO2 technology provides excellent protection against oxidation.
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COMPARISON OF SUPERCRITICAL FLUID EXTRACTION WITH MOLECULAR DISTILLATION Supercritical CO2 Technology Molecular Distillation Use of Solvents NO YES Exposure of oil to high temperatures NO (<50°C) YES (160-200°C) Risk of isomer formation NO YES The ability to produce extremely concentrated EPA and DHA YES NO Environmental Impact LOW MODERATE
Supercritical Fluid Extraction involves using CO2 as a medium to extract the omega–3 fatty acids and separate them from other parts of the oil, such as free fatty acids and cholesterol. This not only protects the oils from oxidation, but also protects the oil from contamination with microorganisms that can’t survive without oxygen. Unlike other extraction methods, no chemical solvents, cholesterol, or other undesirable compounds are found in the oil and there is no need for chemical preservatives. QÜELL Supercritical CO2 oils have extremely low levels of contaminants (PCBs, dioxins) and/or heavy metals (such as mercury).Learn More »
Critical Bioavailability and Concentration
Scientific data continue to emerge showing the triglyceride form of fish oil is better absorbed compared to ethyl esters. Fish oil in the form of triglycerides has been shown to increase plasma EPA and DHA as well the omega–3 index to a greater degree compared with the ethyl ester form of fish oil. The Supercritical CO2 process is able to create highly concentrated levels of EPA and DHA in triglyceride form. The result is a product that can deliver significant amounts of EPA and DHA in easy to swallow softgels.Learn More »