Environment & Sustainability

Why We Source Fish Oil from Anchovies, Sardines and Mackerel

sardines, a source of omega-3-rich fish oil

The fish oil found in MINAMI® Omega-3 supplements is primarily extracted from smaller varieties of fish, including anchovies, sardines, and mackerel.


These types of fish are categorised as fatty or oily fish, thanks to their high volume of essential Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid).


EPA and DHA have multiple health benefits, including maintaining brain function, supporting heart health, and helping to keep eyesight in good working order. More specifically, DHA also plays an important role in foetal development, which is why fish oil supplements are recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.


Other types of fish such as tuna, salmon, and halibut are categorised as fatty fish too, but we choose not to source these for our fish oil supplements, favouring smaller fish that are not endangered instead. We’re proud to be certified by Friend of the Sea, an international organisation devoted to sustainable fishing and aquaculture.

Why Small Fish Produce Purer Fish Oil


Smaller fish such as anchovies, sardines, mackerel, and herring typically contain fewer toxins than larger species of fatty fish, and we continually monitor this, to make sure we’re bringing you the best quality fish oil possible.


Sadly, some parts of the ocean are contaminated with high levels of pollutants, including pesticides, chemicals, and metals such as mercury and lead, which can be harmful if ingested in large quantities by humans. If fish with high levels of contaminants are used to produce fish oil, the quality of the Omega-3 it contains and the overall purity of the fish oil can be affected.


At MINAMI®, we source the anchovies, sardines, and mackerel that we use for our fish oil from the fresh waters off the coasts of Peru and Chile, where overfishing and subsequent contamination are not currently a concern.


small species of fish, which are less likely to be contaminated by toxins


By focusing on smaller species of fish from cleaner waters, we’re able to guarantee the purity and quality of our fish oil, making it better able to provide essential health benefits.

How We Extract Our Fish Oil


We further protect the purity, quality, and sustainability of our fish oil via our supercritical CO2 extraction method, which uses carbon dioxide to separate the Omega-3 fatty acids from the fish to allow us to produce higher-strength Omega-3 supplements. This method gently processes our ingredients at 400°C lower than other Omega-3 supplements, allowing us to maintain the integrity of the ingredients.


This eco-friendly process also removes harmful contaminants and non-essential fats from the fish oil, leaving us with a purer, more beneficial end-product. We’re proud to say that our fish oil extraction process exceeds the standards of the International Fish Oil Standard (IFOS) program.


Try MINAMI® Omega-3 supplements for yourself to experience the results of our careful, sustainable processes.


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2020-09-29 15:02:23By minami



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