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01-31-2006, 01:15 PM
I was wondering if anyone knew if buying fish oil supplements was worth the benefit. I did buy some at wal-mart to try out and got some made by spring valley. Is there anything I should watch for when taking them, and are they any good.

01-31-2006, 02:43 PM
For weight loss or just for general health?

You might want to check out this recent thread on the topic.

Omega 3 Fish Oils...? (

01-31-2006, 04:41 PM
For general health I think they're definitely worth it (esp. if you're not on a high omega-3 diet--nuts, fish, flax, canola oil)--they help improve your cardiovascular system, boost moods & soothe dry/distressed skin (incl. psoriasis & eczema.)

However, I do not think they are beneficial for weight/fat loss specifically.

Omega 3 supplements also carry some risks, such as prolonged bleeding time. So if you're any anticoagulant therapy (including aspirin,) be sure to check with doc (and as a rule, keep your doc informed of all supplements you're taking so as to avoid drug-nutrient-herb interactions)

Another risk is that with lower quality brand there's the possibility of mercury, PCB and other toxins metals not being filter out. Consider buying a brand from this list by independent tester ConsumerLab (, all of which tested safe for PCB/mercury levels (and some are further tested to be safe for dioxins) -- and a lot of these are affordable, run-of-the-mill brands.

01-31-2006, 04:49 PM
I wanted them just for general health. I hear they help in many ways and wanted the benefits. I was not told by a doctor to take them and I don't have cholesterol issues. I am worried about the mercury though. I think I am gonna stick to one gram if I got to take a tylenol or cut myself or, like just happened two days ago, I bang my little toe and it is obvious a vessel popped as I am bruised. It is healing and hurting less after 2 days but it looks like it might take another 3 days to fully heal, probably take more though. Once I'm fine I might up it to at most 2 gms a day unless anyone can advise me is that would be too much. When I went to wal-mart the guy said he takes 4 tablets of 1000 mg a day and I thought, WOW. I was right. This is more than the bottle suggest, which he said it was also, 3 a day. Any one got a response?:)

01-31-2006, 06:15 PM
The one thing you might want to be prepared for is, how to put this polietly...well, burping the taste of the fish oil a couple hours after taking them. Keep some breaths mints on hand, just in case :D

01-31-2006, 06:41 PM
I only took one this morning and I did notice the brubs that had a, I guess it would be, after burb taste or odor of fish. I will continue with this bottle but switch if something else is avaliable later.

02-01-2006, 10:48 AM
My experience with fish oil supplements is that they seemed to make my skin softer, beyond that, it's hard to say.

Suzanne 3FC
02-01-2006, 10:17 PM
When I went to wal-mart the guy said he takes 4 tablets of 1000 mg a day and I thought, WOW. I was right. This is more than the bottle suggest, which he said it was also, 3 a day. Any one got a response?:)

I take 3 grams per day. It's my understanding that anymore than that can be dangerous. Fish oil thins the blood and if you take too much, it increases risk of hemorrhagic stroke.

The American Heart Association recommends 1 gram daily for most people, preferably from eating fish. I take 3 grams because I have heart disease. Btw, it thins my blood so much that I have to stop taking it before I get my teeth worked on. You should let your doctor know if you are taking them, especially if you should have surgery or other invasive procedure.

I take Natrol brand purified fish oil.

02-03-2006, 05:01 PM
I totally believe in the benefits of fish-oil! The problem is that I cannot stand the Fish Burps!!! Is there something that doesn't have this effect. I hate fish and that's partially why I want to take this product. I took it once, about a month ago and cannot get myself to take it again!

02-03-2006, 06:03 PM
Costco sells an enteric-coated fish oil (the kind I get) -- it doesn't start to dissolve until it's in your intestines so no more fish burps! (They do this for garlic supplements too)

EDIT: I also believe that the Nature Made brand sells an odorless kind.

02-03-2006, 08:23 PM
Suzanne, re amount to take, there is also some factor of inflammation that arises when intake of omega 3 and omega 6 are out of balance, I've recently read in a number of venues. This seems to be a fairly new area and I frankly don't have the expertise to even discuss it ... was just throwing it out in case you have some info on this ... inflammation being now identified as a culprit in many disease processes. Just thought I'd mention it ... :)

02-10-2006, 02:56 PM
Try flax oil (also called linseed oil) over your oatmeal, in a smoothie or on a salad. It is a great source of Omega-3 and has a slight nutty flavor. I haven't had any social side effects! I have read that hemp seed oil is a good source of Omega-6 but I haven't tried it yet.

02-11-2006, 12:18 PM
My doctor just gave me a paper saying the fish oil capsules lower triglycerides.

02-20-2006, 10:41 AM
Does anyone know of anywhere else to find specially coated fish oil capsules? I've heard of this before reading it here, but haven't noticed any on the shelves (I'm going to do an internet search fright now). I'm not so concerned about the "fish burp" afterwards as the heartburn I experience after taking the pills.

02-22-2006, 11:11 PM
I was recently told by my MD that I should look up Carlson's lemon-flavored fish oil for the Omega-3s, to help with heart health & mild depression.

Here is a page I came across, though if you Google vitamin sites, I bet you can find this cheaper :)

Carlson's is a top brand according to my doc anyway, with no pollutants, and it comes in regular, lemon and orange flavor. Apparently, with the citrus flavors, there are NO fish burps to haunt you later :lol: Awesome, since that is what made me stop taking fish oil in the past!

You can get it straight up to put on salads, or take from a spoon, or in capsules for wusses like me. ;)

They also have PDFs on their site on Super Omega-3s, and Fish Oil in general health's benefits.

Note: I don't work for Carlson's or own Carlson's stock... and I'm not Norwegian. ;)

Suzanne 3FC
02-23-2006, 12:18 AM
I have good luck with the Natrol Purified fish oil. I take them with a meal and rarely have troubles.

They should flavor them with cheesecake, or chocolate, so if you DO burp, you won't mind:p I bet everyone would take fish oil then!

02-23-2006, 10:42 AM
I take the Flax seed pills from GNC. They help with keeping me regular as well as skin. After my sister had a stroke the doctor recommended that she take fish oil.

02-23-2006, 11:28 AM
They should flavor them with cheesecake, or chocolate, so if you DO burp, you won't mind:p I bet everyone would take fish oil then!

Suzanne, yeah! :D I like your thinking!

Another bit o' info I forgot to mention, the doctor I talked with said fish oil is better "utilized" by the body than flax seed oil... so those of you who take flax (I have in the past myself) may want to check that out. But if it's working for you, have at it! :)

05-08-2006, 04:01 AM
I have been taking fish oil for a few months now and never had the fish taste when I burped?!?! Hmmm...I guess that's good. My skin does look and feel alot softer since taking them.

05-08-2006, 11:40 PM
in response to the 'fish burps'...

I was having the same problem until I mentioned it to my friend. She asked me if I was still drinking coffee in the morning after taking the fish oil capsule... which I was. She suggested drinking a big full glass of COLD water with it. Come to find out her suggestion really worked. Come to find out that my hot morning coffee was dissolving the capsule too fast... thus the fish burps.

Suzanne 3FC
05-09-2006, 02:35 AM
Good idea, obe! I never thought about that. I'll bet most people take them right before or after meals, which are usually hot.

Repo girl
05-09-2006, 12:17 PM
I take the Super Omega Complex from Wal-mart. They are about 6 bucks for a bottle of 60. I take one in the morning and one at night. Since I started taking them religiously I have noticed nice skin and nails, and really shiny hair. I have IBS, and I think that the pills really help with it too. If I miss them for a few days, I really notice a difference.

05-10-2006, 12:22 AM
YES! They are great for lowering your cholestrol, among other things. I have read they are great for your joints, your heart, etc. I can say it work for lowering cholestrol, I was in the high 200's and went down to 190 in one month by taking fish oil pills, diet/exercise. My dr was impressed! ;)

Yes if you take them on an empty stomach, you WILL burp fish. But if you take them with your meals, most the time it's fine.

I get mine at Costco. ;)


05-10-2006, 10:45 AM
I take Ultra Pure Fish Oil made by Vital Nutrients. I get them through a site He is a nutritionist/trainer (can't remember if that's his exact title) I saw on Oprah a few yrs ago. He was discussing a new book he had out Living The Low Carb Life. I did Atkins back then, but fell off the wagon so to speak. Anyhow, his book was great. He discussed so much more than the 10 most popular low carb diets. He went over nutrition/health/supplements, etc. He also rated the different diets. All in all, it is a great book for anyone-low carbing or not. I started taking the fish oil capsules a few months ago b/c of the antinflammitory properties just to see if it helps with my shoulder/neck/back problems. I have to say, I have noticed a big improvement-with less pain. I am also exercising a lot since Jan. after being sedentary for quite some time, so that may explain the lessening of pain. All I know is I feel 200% better. And the great thing is these fish oil capsules-if I do burp-it tastes like lemon-and lemon only. I do like fish w/lemon lol but not in my supplements;}} The ones I get cost quite a bit ($35.80 last time I ordered). I take 3 per day. Bottom line is I think I'm worth it. I am going to be having my high cholesterol checked soon. It was a total of 247 last time-yikes! Dr put me on Lipitor, but had a lot of muscle pain, so am off it now and hoping the WW plan I'm on since Jan., the exercise and the fish oil has brought it down. I'll keep you posted when I get the results. It will be interesting to see if it helps.

05-17-2006, 01:50 PM
Hi, I had join in because I found Brainums through a friend and they are great. My kids like them too!

06-07-2006, 01:19 AM
WOW, I just found this site and have to say it is really great.

Fish oil is something I have researched quite a bit in the past because my dad's cholesterol was high and his doctor told him to start taking fish oil.

These were the things he mentioned to look for in a fish oil that I had written down.

Vitamin E
It is a fat soluble antioxidant that helps keep the omega-3 oils from spoiling.

Purity (high EPA/DHA to total fat ratio
This one was harder to figure out. Basically while Omega-3 fatty acids are great for health in general, the specific Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA (they are a certain type of Omega-3) are the ones that have been studied most in-depth to be effective.

So when you buy a fish oil in capsule form you want to look at how much Omega-3 you get per serving (mine for example gives 2,000mg or 2 grams of Omega-3 per 2 capsules) then you want to look and see how much EPA and DHA you get IN that 2,000mg. Mine says (providing 760mg of EPA and 440mg of DHA) below the 2,000mg of Omega-3

Many on the market that are very cheap can be cheap because they only have 100mg or 200mg of EPA and DHA per 2,000mg of Omega-3.

I guess it is hard (and expensive) to "purify" the EPA and DHA out.

I personally use the Cooper Complete brand which was the one the doctor recommended and buy it online

Hope that helps it was about 6 months ago i did the research on the topic and talked to the doctor and I have loved it as many on this board seem to have as well.

06-07-2006, 01:23 AM
I take ground flaxseed in my morning smoothie! Much more pleasant than fish burps LOL