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Fish Oil

Oceana Fish Oil represents a breakthrough in fish oil supplementation. These purified oils have virtually no fish odor or aftertaste. Oceana is pleasantly flavored with natural lemon formulated specifically to enhance the taste of the fish oil.

Our raw material selection process is rigorous to the extent that nearly 95% of available raw fish is considered unsuitable for use in Oceana Fish Oil. Raw fish material is carefully handled. Time and oxygen will make even the best fish oil rancid. In order to combat this problem, Oceana developed an antioxidant blend (consisting of rosemary extract, ascorbyl palmitate and mixed tocopherols) to assure the product's quality is maintained through its life. With the inclusion of our proprietary antioxidant blend, the product's stability is increased by 300%. The oil is perfected by highly trained Norwegian professionals with extensive experience in the manufacturing of marine oils. Every batch of Oceana Fish Oil is extensively tested to insure freedom from environmental contaminants such as mercury, lead, arsenic, pesticides, PCB's and dioxins. To further confirm product purity, the oils are assayed for anisidine and peroxide values (rancidity indicators) - assuring that there will be no problems with taste, odor or product stability. Our company maintains exacting protocols with redundant failsafe measures to assure uniformly pure products.

True Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil

Whether you choose a Oceana fish oil that is minimally processed, highly refined or molecularly distilled, you are assured the highest pharmaceutical quality. The oils are manufactured in a pharmaceutically licensed production facility in Norway according to pharmaceutical production protocols. Quality control and quality assurance measures are carefully attended to throughout every step of the process. The raw material that we use to produce BioMarine fish oil is carefully selected and is fully traceable by batch. We offer you the purest natural and molecularly distilled pharmaceutical grade fish oils available.

Oceana Molecularly Distilled Fish Oil Concentrates

A key benefit of molecular distillation is its ability to create concentrates and customized fatty acid profiles. Oceana is capable of concentrating the fatty acids from a natural combined EPA & DHA content of approximately 30% to products with an EPA and DHA content as high as 80%. Molecular distillation of natural oil will result in higher levels of purity beyond what is achieved by other methods.

Benefits of using concentrates include the following:

  • Smaller or fewer capsules to obtain the same amount of DHA/EPA
  • Fewer calories due to reduced amounts of oil and gelatin
  • Option to add other and larger amounts of complimentary ingredients
  • Complete removal of PCBs, pesticides, dioxins and heavy metals
  • Complete removal of compounds that cause bad odor and poor taste
  • Complete removal of oxidative compounds
Benefits of using natural fish oil include:
  • Less treatment of the raw material. Closer to nature.
  • Greater amounts of other substances naturally found in fish oil
  • Better taste

Accelerated Oxidation Test

Two samples of fish oil with and without antioxidants tested at 60° C and 80°C gave the following results:

  60ºC Induction Period (hours) 80ºC Induction Period (hours)
Fish Oil 18/12 1184/7119 11.7 2.0
Fish Oil 18/12 1185/7126Added Proprietary Antioxidant Blend consisting of rosemary extract, ascorbyl palmitate and natural tocopherols 44.7 8.2
Protection Factor 3.82 4.10
Life Extension 282% 310%


An accelerated oxidation test subjects the oil to conditions far more severe than will ever be encountered under any normal conditions in order to keep the testing time reasonable. Extrapolating to normal storage conditions of 20º C, an unopened bottle should last 24 months. After opening, the bottle should be refrigerated and used within eight weeks.

Shark Liver Oil

It is estimated that as much as 80% of all human ailments are caused by an inadequate immune response. Minimally Processed Whole Deep Ocean Shark Liver Oil will assist in regenerating an adequate immune response as it optimizes blood cell production, strengthens the walls of healthy cells, and assists in oxygenating the body.

Daily use of Oceana Shark Liver Oil will provide the consumer with the following benefits:

  • An enhanced and strengthened immune system which assists in protecting the body from viral diseases such as colds, influenza, herpes simplex (cold sores) and some bacterial conditions
  • A natural resistance to some rheumatic and arthritic problems
  • Enhanced anti-bacterial activity
  • Possible regression of tumor growth, particularly in cases of uterine cancer
  • Possible protection from radiation-induced damage, in particular the replenishment of our white cells (leucocytes)
Deep Ocean Shark Liver Oil is a complex oils containing alkylglycerols (AKGs), squalene (present in approximately the same concentrations as the AKGs), and fatty acids of the Omega-3 group. Some triglycerides are also present with appropriate levels of Vitamin A and Vitamin D.

We use select species of sharks whose livers are abundant in AKGs and squalene. Our oil is processed under the most stringent conditions. In order to overcome variations and provide a standardized product, it is necessary to blend the oils from different species and ages in order to achieve a consistent quality of oil. The result of such a blend is Oceana's Deep Ocean Shark Liver Oil, containing guaranteed levels and ratios of AKGs and squalene together with other important natural fatty acids and ingredients. These products are sourced from New Zealand, Tasmania, and the extreme North Atlantic. At the recommended dose levels (around 1000mg daily), Oceana Shark Liver Oil is safe to take on a regular basis without the usual concerns relative to the adverse side effects evident in many modern-day medicines.

Squalene

Squalene is widespread in nature. Sebum, the body's own lubricant contains up to 10% squalene. The highest concentrations of squalene are found in the livers of deep ocean sharks. This compound performs several very important functions in the body and is an essential component for good health. In one of its more subtle functions, it acts as a precursor for the biosynthesis of cholesterol. Because of its particular structure, the body can use squalene as a raw material to synthesize this important sterol molecule. Although we are all now very conscious of the problems associated with high levels of LDL cholesterol, the fact remains that cholesterol plays a vital part in our health and is needed for the production of a wide range of essential hormones including estrogen and progesterone. Squalene acts as a carrier of oxygen molecules to our cells thus enhancing metabolic efficiency.

Although it may seem a paradox, squalene is also a valuable antioxidant. Even though its antioxidant effects are quite separate from its oxygen-carrying function, both are due to squalene's unsaturated structure. Antioxidants perform as scavengers, acting to neutralize the harmful radicals produced by pollutants and chemicals. In chemical terms, free radicals are molecules in which one or more of the electrons making up the molecule are unpaired; this makes them highly reactive with a potential to damage the sensitive membranes of our cells. By scavenging these free radicals, antioxidants assist in protecting our cells and tissues from their harmful effects. Since there are now more than eighty diseases associated with free radical damage, antioxidants are now regarded as one of the most important elements in controlling arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and other such diseases.

The bactericidal effects of squalene has been known and used for many years. The fishermen and their families who used deep ocean shark liver oil for its healing properties were obviously unaware of how it worked. When applied to the skin, squalene has an excellent emollient effect, keeping the skin soft and pliable. Squalene is also considered to have fungicidal properties and topically applied reduces the potential for sunburn.

Although there are some who claim that the best way to include squalene in the diet is to take the pure substance in concentrated form, squalene is most effective in conjunction with alkylglycerols and Omega-3 fatty acids in a balanced blend of Oceana New Zealand Deep Ocean Shark Liver Oil.

GlycoMarine™ Glycogen Complex
All Natural Arthritis Relief

GlycoMarine, a well researched natural anti-inflammatory compound, is a proprietary glycogen complex targeting arthritis pain and joint disease. Oceana Products has pooled a large body of laboratory and independent clinical research including double blind placebo controlled studies focused on GlycoMarine. Within the past twenty-five years scientists have determined the product's mode of action and efficacy. GlycoMarine is gastro-protective, thus shielding the stomach from the potentially harmful effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This compound also uniquely exhibits chondroprotective properties, defending joints against cartilage degeneration and improving joint function and mobility. GlycoMarine is a valuable natural therapy whether used as a complement to other treatments or alone as an alternative treatment.

GlycoMarine is extracted from the New Zealand green lipped mussel, Perna canaliculus. At 18 months of age, the mussels are harvested exclusively from the Coromandel Coast. Within two hours of harvest, the living mussels are placed directly into the hydro-extraction process. This quick transfer from harvest to extraction is critical because the active components degrade extremely rapidly if the mussel is permitted to die. The extract is then snap-frozen and freeze-dried, producing the highest quality bioactive compound possible. In this dehydrated state, GlycoMarine is quite stable. The product is extensively used for the treatment of rheumatoid and osteo forms of arthritic disorders in humans and animals. It is classed as a nutriceutical and has the backing of 30 years of peer-reviewed research to support its pharmacological activity. The main reason for its extensive use is that it is an effective natural anti-inflammatory with chondroprotective and selective cyclo-oxygenase COX-2 inhibitory properties, allowing it to be used on a long term basis without the complication of significant adverse side effects.

Pharmacological Functions:

  1. Anti-inflammatory: Inhibition of a number of pro-inflammatory neutrophil functions including, neutrophil emigration, catabolic cytokines and mediation of T-lymphocyte activity. These functions are a response to the carbohydrate component of the extract.
  2. Anti-inflammatory: Inhibition of the cyclo-oxygenase and 5-lipoxygenase enzymic cascade with COX-2 selectivity. These functions are a response to the lipid component of the extract.
  3. Gastroprotective: Protection of the stomach from the ulcerogenic effects of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. This activity is a response to the lipid component of the extract.
  4. Chondroprotective: Inhibition of catabolic degradation of articular cartilage and enhancement of lubrication and buffering in the arthritic joint. This activity is a response to the amino acid and glycosaminoglycan content of the extract.
  5. Pain relief: Due to the inhibition of pain sensitizing prostaglandins produced in the cyclo-oxygenase cascade, a degree of pain relief is effected.
Comparison with competitive products:The primary competition will be that of the glucosamine/chondroitin sulphate based products. However, GlycoMarine is superior to these products because it is multifunctional, has significantly greater anti-inflammatory activity and also performs the same chondroprotective functions as these products.

Other competition may also come from look-a-like mussel powders. The certified anti-inflammatory activity of each batch differentiates GlycoMarine from imitation products. The relative efficacy of the product combined with its lack of significant adverse side effects and natural origin provides a strong competitive advantage.

Unfortunately, imitation products do not provide the same beneficial properties as GlycoMarine. Arthritis sufferers may be wasting money on products that provide no therapeutic value whatsoever! Typically, the consumer is unable to recognize by appearance, smell or even by nutritional analysis whether a product is genuine active extract or simply freeze-dried (lyophilised) whole mussel meats ground into a powder. The only way to be assured of an unadulterated and effective product is to request it by the brand name, GlycoMarine.

These imitation products are nothing more than simple freeze dried whole mussel powder which contains only a miniscule amount of active compound. Moreover, because the whole mussel powders are prepared from dead mussels, even the small amount of active ingredient present degrades into ineffectiveness. Additionally, if the extract is not stabilized during the extraction process it becomes nearly worthless. Because mussel powders (as opposed to mussel extract) are made from frozen mussel meat, and in some cases, even from cooked mussel meat, the activity of the delicate biochemicals has been lost or destroyed. This fact does not show up in a nutritional analysis but is established by a special anti-inflammatory index test (AI) which was specifically developed by a team at Massay University in New Zealand to verify that production batches of GlycoMarine have an acceptable level of bioactivity. This test is currently conducted on every single batch of GlycoMarine by an independent testing laboratory.

There is one other mussel extract product currently being marketed which contains only the lipid (oils and fats) fraction of the mussel, which have been solvent extracted, mixed with soybean oil, and presented in soft gelatin capsule form. Although this product has some of the activity I have described for GlycoMarine, it contains only one of several active fractions present in GlycoMarine. Therefore, it is much less effective than the complete extract. We feel very strongly that people suffering debilitating conditions such as arthritis, should not be paying for products which lead to false hope and eventual disappointment. We firmly believe that the combination of this evidence, together with independent clinical trials in humans and in animals, proves the value of GlycoMarine as a safe and effective treatment for one of the world's most debilitating diseases.

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