Efamol FAQs

Our website should have answered all the questions you might have about Efamol, but here's a list of our most frequently asked questions just in case.

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How long has Efamol been developing the Efamol range of products?

Efamol Ltd has been the leader in essential fatty acid supplements for over 25 years.

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How can I buy Efamol products from outside the UK?

Easily! Visit the "How to buy" section of our website for a list of the products available in your country and your nearest distributor.

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Where are products available?

For stockists of Efamol in the United Kingdom please visit the How to Buy section. For stockists outside the United Kingdom please visit the Distributors section of this site.

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What shall I do if I'm not sure which product is best for me?

Your chemist or health store will be able to recommend products that are suitable for you, and the product information on this website should help, but if you have any further questions you can call the Efamol Help Line on 0800 472 5593.

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Which fish are used in Efamol products?

For Efamol Efalex Original Brain Formula, Efamol Brain Active Memory, Efamol Brain Berry Burst Chewies a high-DHA fish oil is prepared commercially from fish of the tuna species (mainly SkipJack~70%, and Yellow fin ~30%) obtained from Thailand and Australia.

For Efamarine the fish oil used is derived from species of ocean fish naturally higher in EPA. Mainly from Anchovy (Engraulidae) and Sardine (Clupeidae), but it may also be from other families such as Mackerel (Scombridae), and Whiting (Osmeridae) from the South Pacific.

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How long is it between the fish being caught and processing?

The fish is placed on ice as soon as it’s caught and is processed as soon as possible to maintain freshness. Note that some of the meat is used in sushi so the product must obviously be maintained in excellent condition.

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What parts of the fish are used to make the oil?

For all Efamol fish oils, the raw material is high-quality food-grade fish body oil. The whole fish is used. Body oil is naturally lower in environmental toxins than liver oils.

Liver oils contain high levels of Vitamin A and Vitamin D. It is possible to exceed the recommended daily allowance for Vitamin A.

Women who are pregnant must take care taking any supplements containing Vitamin A and not exceed the recommended daily intake, this would include from your diet and supplement programme. Cod liver oil is rich in this nutrient and extra care should be taken.

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Is the fish oil included in Efalex and Efamarine tested for mercury levels?

Yes, every batch must contain less than 0.01 parts per million (ppm) of mercury. The fish oil is also tested for approximately 50 other potential environmental contaminants (heavy metals, PCBs, pesticides, etc.).

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What makes the Efalex fish oil molecular distillation process unique, resulting in pure oil?

The oil refining technology used is carried out in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards. This particular process concentrates and purifies the oil over a minimum of three molecular distillation steps using ultra high vacuum and short residence times in order to maintain the integrity of the oil. Every batch is quality tested against defined specifications using pharmacopoeial standards and methods.

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Why are thyme oil and vitamin E added to Efalex Capsules and Efalex Liquid?

Thyme oil and vitamin E are included due to their antioxidant properties: these ingredients help protect the fatty acids in Efalex from damaging oxidation.

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How long will it take before I see full benefits of Efamol fatty acid supplements?

Efamol Food supplements contain ingredients that work with your body over time; you may need to take for up to 3 months, before experiencing the full benefits.

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Can I take any Efamol fatty acid supplements with other medications or supplements?

Anyone under medical supervision or taking medication should consult their health care provider seek medical advice before taking any supplement, including those in the Efamol range.

Care should be taken when combining a range of products into a supplement programme to unsure that the upper safety limits of nutrients are not exceeded.

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Why does Efamol use the Rigel® Evening Primrose Oil?

Seeds from wild varieties of Evening Primrose will vary from crop to crop in the quantity and quality of their active ingredient, Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid. Hence, the wild plant cannot be relied upon for a consistent quantity or quality of oil. There are over 2000 species of Evening Primrose. Efamol plant scientists have made great progress in breeding improved crop plants from wild varieties through standard agricultural selection techniques (not genetic modification). These give the best yield in seed and top quality oil with a consistent percentage of GLA. As a result of this research, the equivalent of plant “patents” has been granted to Efamol for six varieties of their Evening Primrose plants and the most recent of these being a variety called “Rigel” (Oenothera spp.). Efamol Pure Evening Primrose Oil manufactured from Rigel® seeds contains up to 33% more GLA than found in wild plants. Even so, more than 10,000 Rigel® seeds are required to produce a single Efamol Pure Evening Primrose Oil 1g capsule. Efamol’s Rigel® Evening Primrose seeds are grown exclusively under contract by farmers in New Zealand and Europe. Efamol Pure Evening Primrose Oil is not sourced from seed grown in China, nor do Efamol supply oil to other manufacturers. That means Efamol’s proprietary seed varieties, developed by Efamol, are grown exclusively for Efamol and no other Evening Primrose Oils in the world are manufactured using Rigel® Evening Primrose seeds.

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What is Efamol’s position on global over-fishing?

In essence, fish oil use in supplements has negligible impact on fish stocks or over-fishing and is instead a means of optimizing return from an undervalued resource. Over 1.2 million tonnes of fish oil is produced per year but the use of fish oil in human nutrition is not a major usage. For example, in 2000, production was allocated as illustrated below:

  • 31% for human nutrition in food.
  • 2% for supplements/pharmaceuticals.
  • 67% for aquaculture, technical use, or burnt as fuel in processing plants.

By 2010, industrial usage is predicted to increase to 98% with only 1% being used for human edible oil and 1% for supplements and pharmaceuticals.

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Why are the Efamol products more expensive than competitor brands?

  • The Efamol company consists of fatty acid experts and all Efamol products are subjected to clinical testing in humans (an expensive procedure). In fact, the Efamol fatty acid range has more clinical research support than any other.
  • There are nearly 30 years of heritage and credibility behind the brand.

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Why should you buy Efamol products when they cost more than competitor brands?

  • Efamol® EPO is a unique oil extracted from proprietary seed varieties using a specially designed process.
  • Efamol® EPO has a proven safety and efficacy profile.
  • Oils otherwise manufactured may differ in:
    • Composition
    • Quality
    • Safety
    • Efficacy

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Are the fatty acids in Efamol products 'standardized'? How does Efamol ensure a constant concentration of Omega-3s in their fish oils?

Every batch of raw material oil and finished product capsules is tested by gas chromatography to ensure that the relevant fatty acids are present within a certain range. That range is specified in the Product Specification. Only if the oil composition agrees with the specification is it released for sale by The Efamol Quality Assurance Manager.

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