What Is Molecular Distillation?
Why Molecular Distillation?
Crude fish oil contains Omega-3’s that are known to be extremely beneficial, but it also contains a lot of potential contaminants such as mercury and industrial contaminants such as PCB and Dioxins (toxic industrial compounds) which are certainly not favorable to ingestion by either humans or our pets.
Today, the process of molecular distillation is the very best way to remove the pollution and contaminants from the oil, and in the process, produce a fish oil (including salmon oil) that is pure, concentrated and deoderized.
What Is Molecular Distillation?
Molecular distillation is a process in which a mixture is heated to produce the evaporation of the more volatile components, which are later cooled and condensed, producing a distillate with less volatile components, and therefore, less saturated fat.
What is the Molecular Distilled Fish Oil Process?
Molecular distillation of fish oil is used to:
- Concentrate the Omega-3 in fish oil
- Purify the oil from contaminants and pollutants
- Reduce the fishy odor of crude fish oils
The process of molecular distillation of fish oil is performed to produce ultra-pure, refined oil with virtually zero contaminants. This ‘state of the art’ molecular distillation process involves separating the long chain omega 3 fatty acids from contaminants in an extreme vacuum environment at a temperature well below the oil’s normal boiling point. The process then isolates the omega 3 fatty acids utilizing molecular weights to extract unwanted contaminants such as the heavy metal mercury. The final process is where distilled fatty acids are recovered to produce a concentrated omega 3 product.
The result is an omega 3 concentrate so pure that it’s hard to even measure the level of contaminants with modern analytical techniques like gas chromatography.
So far, molecular distillation is the only method to date that can remove heavy metals, dioxins, PCBs and other toxins to below detectable levels that are deemed safe for human use day after day. Molecular distillation of fish oil is fast and gentle. The process is very fast as the extreme vacuum environment allows marine oils to be processed at minimal temperatures.
The process is so delicate that long chain omega-3 fatty acids are protected from breaking down (oxidising) which in time would cause the oil to go rancid and result in a bad ‘fishy’ odour. This is why molecularly distilled fish oil is safe even for pregnant women. Although it is more costly, the purest form of omega 3 is achieved through molecular distillation, which is strongly recommended for any individual to purchase.
Advantages of Molecularly Distilled Fish Oil
- Purity. Molecularly distilled fish oil is the purest.
- Concentrated Dose. More Omega-3 per pill.
- Less Odor. Less rancidity and oxidation.
Disadvantages of Molecularly Distilled Fish Oil
- Cost. It’s more expensive than regular fish oil
Summary of the Molecular Distillation Process
A molecular distillation plant is used in the distillation of fatty acids from fish oil in order to concentrate the Omega-3 Fatty Acids EPA and DHA using temperatures below 120 ºC to avoid any deterioration in its original molecular structure. This minimizes the presence of Trans fatty acids, which have been proven to be harmful to humans.
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