What is SCC?

An innovative method for extracting omega-3

SCC or Supercritical Concentration is a method for extracting long chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) from fish oil using supercritical fluid technology to obtain the highest concentrations of DHA and EPA with the highest grade of purity.

Supercritical concentration technology is based on supercritical fluids and allows oil to be extracted from fish and refined so that dioxins and other undesirable substances are reduced to undetectable levels, by means of CO2 in its supercritical state.

Natural solvents like water or CO2 are said to be in supercritical phase when certain conditions of pressure and temperature (usually moderate) reach the so-called supercritical state in which their reduced temperature, pressure and density are above the critical point. In this state the fluid has properties that are halfway between those of a gas and a liquid; their density might be like that of a liquid whereas their diffusivity and viscosity will be gas-like. These supercritical fluids have both high solvent power and good conductivity, which is why they are able to dissolve different types of solutes and, in the case of fish oil, are able to break it up in order to separate the free fatty acids or to obtain concentrations of the different components according to their molecular weight or their degree of saturation.

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Supercritical Concentration

What are the advantages of supercritical concentration (SCC)?

Obtaining a supplement of EPA and DHA in Supercritical Concentration means that the amount of long chain omega-3 fatty acids is very high with respect to the total contents of the oil in the supplement. It therefore contains the lowest possible amount of other nutrients or elements that are different from the ones required, whether or not these may be beneficial, harmful or neutral for the consumer.

Therefore, a higher concentration of EPA and DHA provides a product with greater purity and more safety for the consumer.

It has also been shown that when EPA and DHA are in Supercritical Concentration, intestinal absorption is better and, consequently, their bioavailability is higher. Bioavailability of a nutrient refers to the amount that the body can use. Thus, when a nutrient has high bioavailability, it has much greater efficiency.

More convenient to take

In addition, Supercritical Concentration makes it easier to provide the required amounts of EPA and DHA in fewer doses, thus offering consumers greater convenience and ease in obtaining the amounts required in order to achieve the desired effect.

Data on file, Megafort Pharma.

To summarize, Supercritical Concentration provides the following benefits:

  • Greater purity: solvents such as ethanol are not used.
  • Greater safety: the extraction process of omega-3 in Supercritical Concentration, which has been granted GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is carried out by using CO2 at low temperature instead of organic solvents, which are more polluting. This ensures a very stable end product.
  • Greater bioavailability: high levels of DHA and EPA maximize absorption and utilization.
  • Greater efficiency: higher levels of DHA and EPA
  • Greater eco-friendliness: there is no residue on Supercritical Concentration
  • Greater convenience: since every capsule contains a larger amount of DHA and EPA, that means fewer capsules need to be taken in order to obtain the required amount.

Data on file, Megafort Pharma.