Omega-3 is the name given to a group of polyunsaturated fatty acids that are very beneficial to many functions in the body. In Norway, we have long been aware of the health benefits of omega-3, as well as the importance of a healthy balanced diet to meet the need for these essential fatty acids.
Omega-3 sources in Norway
Oily fish such as salmon, trout, herring and mackerel are clearly at the top of the list when it comes to foods rich in long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. Historically, this source is also the one Norwegians have relied on most since, with its long coastline, its population have been able to harvest the best fish the ocean has to offer. There are also healthy short-chain omega-3 fatty acids in some vegetables such as avocado, cereal products, vegetable oils, nuts and seeds, of which walnuts and chia seeds stand out as the best omega-3 sources in Norwegian grocery stores.
Omega 3 in Norway – then and now
As mentioned, it’s the sea and its rich fish life that people in Norway have used as their main source of omega-3, both historically and today. Supplements such as cod liver oil, which contains large quantities of omega-3 fatty acids, have also been used throughout history and are still used today. Cod liver oil is a natural product extracted from the cod liver. Extraction has been practised in Norway for hundreds of years, through constantly improved methods. A revolutionary innovation within cod liver oil production occurred in 1852, when founder of Möller’s Peter Möller, introduced his new method of gentle steam extraction to make cod liver oil for medical purposes in 1852.
Omega-3 produced in Norway
Shortly after Peter Möller became known for his steam extraction method, test production started at factories along the Norwegian coastline. Since 1854, Möller’s cod liver oil has been produced according to the same method in Norway, with the best Norwegian produce. Today, cod liver oil is produced at skrei (Northeast Arctic Cod) fisheries in Lofoten and Vesterålen and on our premises at Løren in Oslo, where production has been in progress ever since 1938. All Möller’s products are manufactured under strict guidelines to ensure the same high quality that we supply with pride to the Norwegian people.
Norwegian Omega-3 abroad
Norwegian Omega-3 is well recognised as a quality product outside of Norway’s borders. This reputation goes far back in time and is based on the quality that the produce, the production, and the end product – Norwegian Cod Liver Oil – stands for. Möller’s started its export business as early as 1928, when the first bottles of Möller’s Cod Liver Oil were sold in Finland. Since then, the number of export countries has increased steadily and today Möller’s products are sold in shops everywhere from the USA in the west to China in the east.