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Q. What are Omega-3 fatty acids and why are they beneficial?
A: Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential nutrients for health. We need omega-3 fatty acids for numerous normal body functions, such as contributing to healthy eyes and supporting cell membranes in the brain; they are associated with many other health benefits, including maintaining heart health.

Q. Which foods are rich in omega-3 fatty acids?
A: Our bodies cannot produce omega-3 fatty acids so we must obtain them through food or supplementation. There are two major types of omega-3 fatty acids:

  • ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) - found in some vegetable oils, such flaxseed, chia seed, rapeseed (canola), soybean and in walnuts. ALA is also found in some green vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, and salad greens. The body only partially converts ALA to EPA and DHA.
  • EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) - found mostly in fatty fish.

Q. What is EPA and why is it beneficial?
A: EPA has been found to promote a healthy circulatory system and consequently a healthy heart, support proper immune function, support joint flexibility, promote good mood and emotional well-being and is essential for learning and focus. Research shows the benefits of EPA consumption in individuals over the age of 5 or 6, showing anti-inflammatory and mental-emotional benefits.

Q. What is DHA and why is it beneficial?
A: DHA has been found to be essential for memory and cognitive function and supportive of a healthy pregnancy. The visual and brain development of fetuses and infants is dependent on DHA. DHA is also known to reduce the harmful effects of stress and support a healthy heartbeat. Our bodies actually convert EPA into DHA, but NOT the other way around. Research shows benefits for pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as children ages 0-5 who take a supplement containing a higher amount of DHA to support growth and development.

Q. What is Minami Nutrition?
A: Minami Nutrition is a premium line of Supercritical Distilled Omega-3 Fatty Acid supplements, sourced from fish and algae. Minami Nutrition's cold water fish oil is the only company to provide 100% Supercritically Distilled Omega-3 fatty acids, providing the most highly concentrated and the purest Omega-3 oils on the market.

Q. When and where did Minami Nutrition originate?
A: Minami Nutrition was founded by Jo Wyckmans in 1999, in Belgium. In the 1980's, Jo began using salmon oil supplements as part of his health regimen, but saw an increase in his triglycerides. When looking for highly concentrated fish oils, he was disappointed in the purity levels of the fish oil products available. With increasing scientific evidence pointing towards the importance of EPA over DHA, Jo was one of few front runners in Europe to support the use of high EPA products for health.

Jo's search for "the best" in nutritional supplements for himself and his family left him dissatisfied, but luckily led him to develop his own product line of highly concentrated, therapeutic Omega-3 oils. In 1999, Jo founded Minami Nutrition and launched MorEPA, a molecularly distilled, high concentration, high EPA, low DHA supplement. In 2002, Jo learned about Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Distillation and got exclusivity on the manufacturing process in order to create Omega-3 products for the commercial market. This process was shown to create products of the highest Omega-3 concentration and highest purity. CO2 distillation was and is an eco-friendly process, leaving the smallest carbon footprint possible.

Q. What products does the Minami Nutrition line include?
The Minami Nutrition product line, distributed in the United States by Garden of Life, includes (there are more, but because of their lack of sales, we're sticking with the BEST of the BEST!):

Q. How are Minami Nutrition's oils different from typical fish oils?
A: Minami Nutrition offers formulas with unsurpassed concentration levels, which means more Omega-3 nutrition, no fillers and fewer capsules to take. Minami's patented Supercritical Dual-Process CO2 technology gently and safely concentrates Omega-3s, yielding unique selectivity of the most biologically active Omega-3 fatty acids-EPA and DHA. Using less heat, less repeat processing, and natural Carbon Dioxide as a solvent, allows Minami Nutrition to reach peak concentrations of 95% Omega-3, omitting superfluous fats and fillers. Minami's products are so highly concentrated that you need only one or two capsules per day. Make sure you read the label for how many each different product requires!! With other leading brands, you need to take three, four, five, even six capsules of fish oil to achieve our beneficial dosage.

Q. What is the Supercritical Dual-Process CO2 Technology?
A: Minami Nutrition uses a patented, low-heat Supercritical Dual-Process CO2 technology that provides unprecedented levels of concentration, purity, sustainability and unique, custom formulations based on the latest advanced research.
STEP ONE:
Supercritical Fluid Extraction. In this step, fish oil is decontaminated and Omega-3s are gently concentrated without the use of high heat or harsh chemical solvents. Supercritical CO2 is used as a gentle and effective solvent, requiring low heat, protecting the heat-sensitive omega-3 fatty acids from oxidation. Saturated fats, cholesterol, and other superfluous fats are removed.
STEP TWO: Supercritical Fluid Chromatography. In this next step, the pre-concentrated fish oil is further decontaminated, gently concentrated and separated into batches of pure EPA, and pure DHA. From here, Minami can create unique ratios of EPA and DHA based on the latest, advanced science using less heat and fewer repeat processes.
The combination of these two technologies is a patented process delivering Omega-3 fish oil at the highest possible quality with the lowest possible impact on the environment.

Q. What are the benefits of Supercritical Dual-Process CO2 Technology?
A: The patented Supercritical Dual-Process CO2 Technology poses many advantages:

  • 400% less heat used during the entire process than molecular distillation, with no oxygen exposure. Natural CO2 is used as gentle alternative to organic solvents and protects the final product from oxidation.
  • The most highly concentrated Omega-3 fatty acids available. Ordinary fish oil contains 30% Omega-3 and 70% added filler fats. Minami Nutrition's formulas contain 65%-95% Omega-3 fatty acids with no saturated fats as filler.
  • Carbon dioxide in its supercritical state enables unique ratios of EPA and DHA, to reflect current scientific evidence on omega 3's.
  • Unprecedented Purity. Each batch of Minami Nutrition's oils are analyzed, exceeding strict international standards for heavy metals, PCB's, pesticides and dioxins.

Q. Are Minami Nutrition products Pharmaceutical Grade?
A: Yes. Pharmaceutical grade fish oil means the fish oil has been manufactured at a true Pharmaceutical API (active pharmaceutical ingredient) facility that has passed stringent audits devised by the pharmaceutical industry. The product must be in excess of 99% purity without any binders, fillers, excipients, dyes, or unknown substances. Wow, that is awesomely PURE!!!

Q. How are heavy metals, pesticides and other impurities removed from Minami Nutrition's products?
A: Our technology involves a patented three-step purification process, providing oils that are virtually free of contaminants (PCBs, dioxins) and/or heavy metals (such as mercury).

  • Activated Carbon Filtration
  • Super Critical Fluid Extraction (SFE)
  • Super Critical Fluid Chromatography (SFC)

Activated Carbon Filtration allows for impurities to be irreversibly held in a porous carbon receptacle. To follow, both SFE and SFC use carbon dioxide in a super critical state, known as supercritical CO2. This advanced technology gently extracts Omega-3 fatty acids without applying excessive heat and/or chemical solvents. Thereby, this process eliminates the possibility of the formation of any isomeric (molecules of altered structure) or other unwanted by-products (excess fatty acids), of exposure to contamination and of residual solvents in the end product.

Q. Why do the majority of Minami Nutrition's products contain such high amounts of EPA and smaller amounts of DHA?
A: EPA and DHA, both Omega-3 fatty acids, have been found to act very differently in the body. Advanced Omega-3 research suggests that a high concentration of EPA, along with DHA, can support mood, cognitive function, and cardiovascular health. Most early research on fish oils focused on the many benefits of DHA, but increasingly, EPA has come to the forefront. Where DHA is important structurally (especially when you are very young), EPA is a more functional Omega-3 fatty acid. Our bodies are able to convert EPA into DHA, as needed by the body. Therefore the more EPA the better for adults!

Q. What species of fish are used in Minami Nutrition's products?
A: Minami Nutrition obtains small fish such as herring, mackerel, anchovies and sardines from sustainably managed cold waters around Antartica (from the South Pacific Ocean) off the coast of Chile and Peru. These small fish are low on the food chain reducing the accumulation of harmful contaminants that are more prevalent in larger fish with longer life spans. Minami Nutrition only uses abundant, sustainable fish species that are subject to stringent fishing quotas.

Q. How do I Decide which Minami Nutrition Product to use?
A: Minami Nutrition offers a unique line of omega-3 products beneficial for certain target users and certain age groups. Our packaging gives helpful information about the benefits of each formula and the intended user. If you have any questions please read this whole page which has a lot of those answers! Plus read each individual page for even more information on each Minami Nutrition product. 


Q. What is Minami PLATINUM? Who would benefit from using this product?
A: Minami PLATINUM was made exclusively for Garden of Life! It is an ultra premium Omega-3 supplement utilizing supercritical CO2 extraction technology that delivers an unprecedented 1,100mg of Omega-3 nutrition and 75% Daily Value of Vitamin D in a convenient, once daily serving. Minami PLATINUM supports cardiovascular health, cognitive function, mood and the immune system and offers a clean, orange flavor with absolutely no fishy aftertaste. This formula is designed for adults who want an ultra-premium, convenient, once daily fish oil with the highest available Omega-3 concentration (92%) and added vitamin D3. This is our top selling Minami Nutrition product!

Q. What are the Minami Omega-3's? Who would benefit from using this product? (old Mor EPA)
A: Minami Omega-3's are another premium Omega-3 supplement utilizing supercritical CO2 extraction technology that delivers 800 mg of Omega-3 nutrition in a convenient, once daily serving. With unsurpassed purity levels, Minami Omega-3's offers a clean, orange flavor with absolutely NO fishy aftertaste. (I know this as a fact because I've been taking these for over 3 years now!) Minami Omega-3's are the solution for those who seek the benefits of increased EPA consumption, specifically for cardiovascular health, cognitive function and mood. With 580mg of EPA and 130mg of DHA, it provides high concentrations of Omega-3s (80%) in one single softgel. This is our 2nd top selling Minami Nutrition supplement!


Q. What is Minami CardiO-3? Who would benefit from using this product? (Cardio 3)
A: Omega-3 fatty acids are notable for many benefits, especially their ability to support a healthy heart. Omega-3s like EPA and DHA have been shown to aid in the support of healthy triglyceride and cholesterol levels already in the normal range. CardiO-3 from Minami Nutrition contains a high concentration of Omega-3 fatty acids (90%) meaning more Omega-3s to support heart health, and less of the saturated fats you may be trying to avoid. CardiO-3 contains 635mg of EPA and 194mg of DHA in a once daily orange flavored formula (which is virtually tasteless). Another product I highly recommend for a healthy heart is Vitalzym Cardio and supplemented with Vitalzym from World Nutrition. The home page for them can be found here.

Q. Why is DHA recommended for Pregnancy and breastfeeding?
A: From the start of the third quarter of a pregnancy until 18 months DHA is an essential nutritional component for the healthy development of a baby. Pregnant women lose up to half of their own DHA reserve, and supplementation during pregnancy and breastfeeding is highlly recommended as a result. This can NOT hurt your baby, but seriously help your child in those early stages of growing in your womb. Important for YOU and your baby!

Q. What is Minami Prenatal/Nursing (old MorDHA)? Who would benefit from using this product? 
A: Minami Prenatal/Nursing is a premium Omega-3 supplement utilizing supercritical CO2 extraction technology that delivers 465mg of DHA nutrition in a convenient, once daily serving. A woman's demand for DHA increases during pregnancy and DHA taken during lactation enhances the quality of breast milk. DHA is also essential for the proper development of infants and children. 600mg of Total Omega-3s is twice the minimum recommendation (300mg according to the National Institute of Health (NIH)) of daily Omega-3 intake in one easy-to-swallow softgel, one of the highest potency formulas available on the market. Minami Prenatal/Nursing offers a clean, lemon flavor with no fishy aftertaste and undergoes rigorous testing to ensure unsurpassed purity, providing you and your child all of the benefits of Omega-3s AND peace of mind.

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Q. Are Minami Nutrition's products clinically studied?
A: Yes, Minami Nutrition products have been the subject of 11 clinical studies.

Q. Are Minami Nutrition products vegetarian?
A: No, Minami oils are sourced from fish.


Q. Are Minami Nutrition products Dairy FREE?
A: YES! Minami Nutrition products do not include dairy.

Q. Are Minami Nutrition products Gluten FREE?
A: YES! Minami Nutrition products do not include gluten-containing ingredients.

Q. Do Minami Nutrition products contain soy?
A: Yes; mixed tocopherols sourced from non GMO soy bean oil are used as antioxidant protection for the oils. For this reason, there may be traces of soy in Minami products.

Q. Why are mixed tocopherols better than alpha-tocopherol or Vitamin E?
A: Other tocopherols, beta, delta and most importantly gamma, are related but distinct compounds with a different antioxidant range, enhancing the protective activity of alpha-tocopherol.

Q. Are Minami Nutrition products Kosher?
A: No. Minami Nutrition products are not Kosher certified.

Q. Do Minami Nutrition products contain filler ingredients, artificial colors or preservatives?
A: No. Minami Nutrition products do not contain any fillers or artificial ingredients.

Q. What is the shelf life of Minami products?
A: All Minami products have a shelf life of 2 years unopened.

Q. Do Minami products require refrigeration?
A: No, but we recommend you store Minami products in a dark, cool, dry place (max 77° F).

Q. Are there any cautions or contraindications for Minami Nutrition's products?
A: CAUTION: As with any dietary supplement, consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, allergic to iodine, use blood thinners, anticipate surgery, take medication on a regular basis or are otherwise under medical supervision.

Q. What kind of gelatin is used in Minami Nutrition products?
A: Minami uses either Tilapia (fish) gelatin or Halal-certified bovine gelatin for all products.


Q. What is the suggested usage for Minami Nutrition formulas?
A: Minami products are so highly concentrated that you only need one or two softgels per day. With other leading brands you need to take 3, 4, 5, or even 6 capsules of fish oil to achieve our high concentration formulas

Minami Product Usage
PLATINUM 1 daily
CardiO-3 1 daily
Minami Omega-3's 1 daily
Prenatal/Nursing 1 daily

Q. Should someone take more servings than recommended of any Minami product?
A: We recommend that you follow label suggested use to get the optimum benefits from these highly concentrated oils. However consult your practitioner who will be able to advise you as to whether you will benefit from taking more than the recommended dosage. As all fish oils have blood thinning properties, it is important to check with your doctor first.

Q. Are Minami Nutrition's softgels enteric coated?
A: No, Minami softgels are encapsulated in either fish gelatin or Halal-certified bovine gelatin. Capsules are designed to resist stomach enzymes and acids, ensuring that the oil inside reaches the lower part of the intestine. Minami does not use enteric coating because it is not natural or necessary.

Q. Is Minami Nutrition a sustainable company?
A: Minami only uses abundant, sustainable fish species that are subject to stringent fishing quotas. Minami fish oils are processed in unique energy-efficient facilities, reusing all by-products throughout the entire process. Over 95% of the CO2 used during processing is recycled. All excess oils not used for product are converted into energy which powers the facility and the local community. The Omega-3 fatty acids in Minami oils are extracted using Supercritical Dual-Process CO2 technology requiring less heat and energy output, as well as no harsh chemical solvents.

Q. What is EMAS?
A: Minami Nutrition is the only Omega-3 fish oil manufacturer to receive EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) certification, a stringent European environmental standard that audits everything from fish sourcing to the ink on the packaging.

Q. Why is the NPF logo on the Minami Nutrition cartons?
A: For every bottle of Minami adult product purchased, Minami Nutrition proudly makes a donation to the leading nonprofit dedicated to research and education of Parkinson Disease, the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF).


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†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, cure prevent any disease.

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