Thoughts on fish oil?

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What is a good fish oil brand?

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425 · February 12, 2010 at 10:36 PM

I recommend Blue Ice Royal. With the caveat that it is not really 'fish oil'; it is a blend of high vitamin butter oil and fermented cod liver oil.

There are those who swear by fish oil... Dr. Davis, Robb Wolf

Others who recommend reduction of Omega-6 and do not recommend supplementing with Omega-3, on the grounds that too much of any PUFA is bad... Stephan, Peter, WaPF, Dr. Harris.

For those who keep their Omega-6 intake low, and therefore don't need a hefty dose of Omega-3 to strike a good balance, this product may be a good choice to fulfill all your fat soluble vitamin and Omega-3 needs.

665 · February 12, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Personally, I use the Canadian "Health Balance" brand made by Costco, which is molecularly distilled. I also use a liquid fish oil, "Omega First", which is on the IFOS listing under "Health First"

I wrote an article a while back on fish oil, which goes into selecting brands a bit: http://confessionsofacrossfitcoach.blogspot.com/2009/11/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about.html

10194 · February 11, 2010 at 9:48 AM

I take the Costco brand.

Here are some fish oil brands normalized for costs:

Robb Wolf-inspired Fish Oil Price Calculator

10 · February 12, 2010 at 10:57 PM

I just took the leap and ordered Carlson Laboratories Cod Liver Oil.

10 · February 03, 2011 at 12:52 PM

COSTCO!! For real!

554 · June 10, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Here's a really late answer to this one but I'm going through old entries and think this is a solid recommendation: Spectrum Essentials Fish Oil capsules, from wild-caught small fish (anchovies, mackerel and sardines). The label says it's third-party purity tested to ensure PCBs, dioxins, mercury, lead and other contaminants are below detectable limits.

Per two capsules you get:

EPA: 360mg DHA: 240mg Other omega 3: 200mg Omega 6: 50mg Other PUFA: 80mg Monounsaturated: 450mg Omega 9: 185mg

Other ingredients: non-GMO vitamin E and gelatin.

My local WF has them on sale for 50% off right now. At 14 bucks, it's a deal.

15334 · February 15, 2010 at 4:47 PM

When I'm taking fish oil I take this one It's pretty strong: 1.34 g omega 3, 400mg DHA, 600mg EPA per teaspoon. It's not fishy tasting, but has a light lemony-orange flavour. Also the vitamin E in it is a natural source rather than the awful increases-mortality-by-displacing-actual-vitamin-e-store kind!

They also do caps, but I find a spoon of this far more convenient than umpteen many pills to get the same amount.

98 · February 15, 2010 at 4:32 PM

I've tried GNC Triple Strength pills before, but I'm hooked on Carlson Lab's The Very Finest Fish Oil (Lemon Flavor) these days - way easier than getting your daily dose in pill form. It's super cheap if you buy it online from The Vitamin Shoppe.

Read my full review here »

736 · February 13, 2010 at 3:57 AM

I use Sonne's or Twinlab CLO. Cheap, work well and contain no soy.

54 · February 13, 2010 at 3:08 AM

Cheaper is not always better. I second the Blue Ice Royal. Only fermented CLO on the market. I also take http://www.newchapter.com/product-categories/whole-fish-oil when out of BIR.

5916 · February 13, 2010 at 1:51 AM

Robb Wolf has spoken in his podcasts a great deal about fish oil, quality, and marginal benefits. His stance is that there is only a marginal increase in benefit as quality goes up. This quality would refer to highly refined fish oil with any potential impurities removed. He has essentially recommended to just buy the CostCo generic brand "Kirklands" as it is cheap and he was suitably impressed with their explanations of the manufacturing process and standards.

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