Green Pasture's Blue Ice Fermented Skate Liver Oil is your best choice for cartilage fish oil. Skate liver oil is complete in its offering of many nutrients in a similar balance as cod liver oil. Each bottle contains 120 non-gelatin capsules (60 servings).
Green Pasture now lists the manufacture date instead of expiration date on their products. See FAQ below for more info.
Naturally fermented Blue Ice Skate Liver Oil is the superior choice for cartilage fish oil because skate oil is abundant in Vitamins A, D, E, and K, the full range of omega fatty acids, and the unique nutrients chondroitin, squalene, and alkoxglycerols, also found in shark liver oil.
Blue Ice Fermented Skate Liver Oil is created with a proprietary cold process extraction and cleaning method to naturally enhance its nutritional value and assimilation.
Blue Ice Fermented Skate Liver Oil is batch processed and independently tested to international purity standards. You will find Blue Ice Fermented Skate Liver Oil is thick, rich, and full of pigment and naturally occurring nutrients.
Fermentation improves absorption. The definition of fermentation is "breaking down into simpler components". Fermentation makes the foods easier to digest and the nutrients easier to assimilate. In effect, much of the work of digestion is done for you. Since it doesn't use heat, fermentation also retains enzymes, vitamins, and other nutrients that are usually destroyed by food processing.
Laboratory testing of our skate liver oil is influenced by the seasons and natural feeding cycles of the fish. Different levels of Vitamins A & D are reported and the results can vary from batch to batch. Our ancestors had the common sense to rely on this sacred food over the course of the years, and now thanks to Green Pasture, you can too.
Synthetic chemicals and temperature-controlled mechanization create an industrialized, "cookie cutter" product that may look appealing, but is devoid of critical nutrients. Because Green Pastures hand-crafted skate liver oils are naturally-fermented and are influenced by the cycles of nature, each batch may vary in appearance and flavor - but retain their all-important nutrient integrity. Many believe these unique color and taste variations are actually beneficial to their health due to these time-honored traditions. Each batch of fermented skate liver oil undergoes independent testing for heavy metals and other contaminants.
Green Pasture takes great care to preserve the nutrient integrity of the sacred food oils they offer. Their encapsulated products use only the best available technology for the most non-evasive encapsulation process. The capsules are made of plant cellulose rather than gelatin. Gelatin is made using the high temperature, chemicals and requires high heat during the encapsulation process which can compromise the nutrients of the product being encapsulated. The two-part plant cellulose capsule with companies that are certified members of the Marine Stewardship Council is a world wide organization with a mission to use its ecolabel and fishery certification program to contribute to the health of the world's oceans by recognizing and rewarding sustainable fishing practices, influencing the choices people make when buying seafood, and working with our partners to transform the seafood market to a sustainable basis.
Can be taken with a small amount of food.
Store in refrigerator or dark, cool place.
This product is made from wild caught fish and may contain other seafood allergens such as shellfish.
Expiration Dates vs. Manufacture Dates:
All manufactures of dietary supplements must have in place the FDA’s updated compliancy regulations called current good manufacturing practices (cGMP's). What does this mean to you, the consumer? Within these lengthy new regulations come several confusing surprises. One of these new surprises is the use of Manufacture date verses Expiration date. You will see either an Expiration Date or Manufacture Date on your supplements. Since the FDA published their Final Rule on 21CFR Part 111 in 2007 for current good manufacturing practices (cGMP’s) they have given manufactures the option of using either an Expiration Date or a Manufacture Date on their finished products.
The FDA declined to add a requirement for expiration /shelf-life dating, although the agency encourages its use. It seems the FDA believes there are not generally available methods for all ingredients sufficient to determine expiration dating, especially for botanical dietary ingredients. Manufacturers that do use an expiration date must now have scientific data/studies to support the selection of this date. If they do not have the supporting data the FDA could, at their discretion, impose fines, sanctions, recalls or closures on the company who manufactures the product.
In general, to label with an expiration date the product label has to have something to test to the exp. date. Such as, if one added vitamin A to a product and lists it on the label they must test at time of manufacturing and at the date of the expiration to confirm that the same level of vitamin A is found in the product as defined on the label. Without this added ingredient there is no label claim to test the product to meet an expiration date.
Another example is when a drug is manufactured the efficacy of the labeled claim of the drug must be tested and confirmed to be active through the expiration period.
Expiration and manufacture dates: What’s one to think?
The FDA guidelines do not include methodology or suggested procedures for the supporting data/studies; instead, they suggest “This is an evolving model.” What this means is that additional extensive stability studies must be undertaken that can last sometimes well over 6 months and will eventually increase costs sharply that will be passed on to the consumer. Most manufacturers are already burdened with the task of keeping the costs of products down on a regular basis.
With respect to Stability Testing of Dietary supplements & Nutraceutical Formulations, –From the FDA’s preamble text:
When a product is bottled & labeled for distribution if the manufacture chooses to use the “Expiration Date,” additional holding time for stability studies must be added on before it can be sold at the consumer level. The finished product is then about 6-12 months old before it is even released for sale to you the consumer reducing freshness and overall efficacy, the very thing you want in your health products has now been decreased.
The buying public does not have access to freshness discussion with an exp date. An exp date is best suited for drugs and products that are highly processed/industrialized, or for products that have high level sugars and proteins that are prone to high level of bacterial growth over time.
An expiration date does not identify when the product is packaged so the buying public really does not understand how fresh a product is or is not if a exp date is provided rather than a manufacturing date. Our oils are extracted without heat or introduced chemicals but rather enzymatic and bacterial culturing/digestion/fermentation. Many perceive our products are better with age as the living essences within the product are not destroyed.
While the FDA is caught in a quagmire of undetermined testing and validity, freshness and reliability is available via Manufacture dating. With Manufacture dating the finished product is ready to be sold at the consumer level without the extra-added 6-month wait. As a result, the product you purchase will not be decreased in freshness or efficacy.
We at Green Pasture Products have chosen to use the “Manufacture Date” as many other companies are currently using instead of the Expiration Date, so you will receive the freshest product available.